David Maraniss named commencement speaker at St. Norbert College

Sunday, May 15, 2011

From St. Norbert College, December 10, 2010
by Mike Counter, mike.counter@snc.edu, (920) 403-3089

St. Norbert College has announced that David Maraniss, Pulitzer prize-winning author, will be the commencement speaker on Sunday, May 15, 2011, at 1:30 p.m. in Schuldes Sports Center on the college's De Pere campus. Maraniss will also receive an honorary degree from the college, as will Patrick Kelly, former chairman of the St. Norbert College board of trustees, and Michael Marsden dean emeritus.

Maraniss, who grew up in Madison, Wis., won a Pulitzer for his work as a political journalist; he then wrote "First in His Class," a best-selling and highly praised biography of President Clinton. In 1999, he hit the best-seller list again with "When Pride Still Mattered," a biography of Vince Lombardi and also the source material for the play "Lombardi," which is currently running on Broadway. In all, Maraniss is the author of five critically acclaimed and bestselling books.

An associate editor at The Washington Post, Maraniss was also part of the Post team that won a 2008 Pulitzer for the newspaper's coverage of the Virginia Tech shooting.