Pulitzer Prize winner Connie Schultz, '79, joined the Kent State College of Communication and School of Media and Journalism faculty in January 2016.
Schultz is currently a nationally syndicated columnist for Creators Syndicate and the author of the 2020 New York Times bestselling novel, The Daughters of Erietown. She teaches courses in the journalism sequence. Her areas of expertise include feature writing, opinion writing, narrative journalism, and covering issues of race, gender and class.
Schultz served as a reporter and columnist at The Plain Dealer for nearly 20 years, from 1993 to 2011. While there, she was a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist, earning the award in 2005 for Commentary. Schultz also earned such prestigious awards as the National Headliner Award for Commentary, the Scripps Howard National Journalism Award for Commentary, the Batten Medal, the Robert F. Kennedy Award for Social Justice Reporting and more.
Schultz was the editor of Kent State’s own Daily Kent Stater student newspaper her senior year of college. Her writing has appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, Glamour, ESPN, Politico, Parade and Democracy Journal. In addition to her novel, Schultz has authored two memoirs: Life Happens: And Other Unavoidable Truths and “… and His Lovely Wife. She regularly appears on national talk shows and is a public speaker on numerous issues, including journalism, women’s rights, and politics. She is currently at work on her next novel.
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