Craig Wolff '79: Neilly Series Lecture


Craig Wolff '79: Neilly Series Lecture





The author will discuss his forthcoming biography of Willie Mays, tracing the life of the great baseball player from segregated Birmingham to the Major Leagues. Wolff will also discuss his last book, My Heart Will Cross This Ocean. Written with the mother of Amadou Diallo, an African man who died in a hail of 41 bullets fired by New York City police officers, My Heart won a 2004 Christopher Award, honoring work that "lifts the human spirit."
Wolff is an award-winning author, a former reporter for The New York Times, a Pulitzer Prize winner and an innovator in the way journalists approach their work. Through his writing and teaching, he has focused on lifting the people who inhabit stories and books out of the caricature that plagues so much of modern journalism.

A former sports, news, and feature writer for The New York Times, Wolff was part of the team awarded the Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the 1993 attack on the World Trade Center. He is an Associate Professor in journalism at New York University and a UR graduate. 






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