BuzzFeed News investigative reporter Melissa Segura will visit Whitworth in October as the 2017 Flora Distinguished Visiting Journalist.
Segura’s reporting focuses on the intersection of justice, class and race. In April 2017, Segura published a landmark investigation detailing how a group of predominately working class, Latina women from Chicago uncovered evidence suggesting a police detective framed at least 51 of their sons, brothers or husbands for murders.
Before BuzzFeed News, Segura was a staff writer for Sports Illustrated. During her 12 years at the magazine, she contributed reporting that revealed rocked Little League Baseball by uncovering pitching phenom Danny Almonte was two years older than rules allowed; published investigations about rampant abuse and exploitation of young, Latin-American baseball players that led Major League Baseball to implement reforms; and detailed the damning effects of concussions on NFL players and their families in a groundbreaking, 2012 cover story. In 2013, her story of a teenage boy who killed a referee during a recreational soccer match earned recognition in The Best American Sportswriting.
The Flora Distinguished Visiting Journalist is the keynote speaker at J-Day East, a high school conference sponsored by Whitworth University and the Washington Journalism Education Association (WJEA), as well as teaches a master class to Whitworth students and delivers a public lecture to the greater Whitworth community.
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