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James B. Stewart '73 to Present 2012 Commencement Address, Receive Kilgore Medal

James B. Stewart '73 to Present 2012 Commencement Address, Receive Kilgore Medal

February 21, 2012

James B Stewart hs4James B. Stewart -- Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, bestselling author, columnist for the New York Times and 1973 graduate of DePauw University -- will deliver the principal address to DePauw's Class of 2012 at his alma mater's 173rd annual commencement. The ceremony will take place on Sunday, May 20, at 10:30 a.m. in Holton Memorial Quadrangle.

Stewart will also be presented with DePauw's Bernard C. Kilgore Medal for Distinguished Lifetime Achievement in Journalism.

The author of the "Common Sense" column for the Business Day section of the  New York Times, Stewart won the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Journalism in 1988 for his articles in the Wall Street Journal about the 1987 dramatic upheaval in the stock market and insider trading.  Stewart was named page one editor of the Journal in 1988 but left the paper four years later to found SmartMoney magazine.

James B Stewart Tangled WebsHe is the author of 11 books including Den of Thieves; DisneyWar: The Battle for the Magic Kingdom; Heart of a Soldier: A Story of Love, Heroism, and September 11th; and Tangled Webs: How False Statements are Undermining America from Martha Stewart to Bernie Madoff.

Stewart, who traces his career back to a term as editor of The DePauw, has been honored with the Edgar Award, the George Polk Award, the Elliott V. Bell Award and Gerald Loeb awards in 1987, 1988 and 2006. He has been called by the San Francisco Examiner "the journalist every journalist would like to be."

Stewart is Bloomberg Professor of Business and Economic Journalism at CUNY and is a member and past chair of DePauw's Board of Trustees.

Stewart previously delivered the University's commencement address in 1989.

Stewart was the recipient of DePauw's Young Alumni Award in 1988, an Alumni James B Stewart OGW2009 1Citation in 1988, an honorary Doctor of Journalism degree in 1989, and the Old Gold Goblet in 2009.

Learn more about Jim Stewart in this recent article.

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