“The Girl in the Window”: A talk with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Lane DeGregory

Lane DeGregory headshotIn 2009, Tampa police rescued a little girl named Danielle from a maggot-and-cockroach-infested house. Nearly 7 years old, she had spent most of her life with minimal human contact.

“The authorities had discovered the rarest and most pitiable of creatures: a feral child,” writes Lane DeGregory in her story, “The Girl in the Window.” The Tampa Bay Times article won the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing in 2009, cementing DeGregory’s place as one of the nation’s foremost newspaper feature writers.

During a free public talk—sponsored by the Department of English—on Monday, March 3, DeGregory will discuss Danielle’s story, and those of others whose lives hide in the margins. The talk will be at 6 p.m. in Clark Hall, Room 309.

DeGregory will share how she ensures that these stories resonate with readers, and techniques to help other writers keep these stories alive, said Jim Sheeler, the Shirley Wormser Professor of Journalism and Media Writing and a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist.

For information, contact Sheeler at 216.368.2372 or email james.sheeler@case.edu.