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 Oct. 25, 2005

Margie Yu
Public Affairs Specialist 
(323) 343-3047



Cal State L.A. 
Office of Public Affairs 
(323) 343-3050 
Fax: (323) 343-6405

For immediate release:
Award-winning Editor/Journalist
Al Martinez
to Speak at Cal State L.A.

As part of its Meet-the-Author series, The Friends of the CSULA Library is sponsoring a talk and book signing event, “A Half-Century of Insights, Ideas and Words: An Open Dialogue with Award-winning Journalist, Al Martinez.”

Sunday, November 13, 2005, 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Refreshments, 2:30 p.m.; Presentation, 3:00 p.m.

Martin Luther King Hall, Lecture Hall II, Cal State L.A. The University is located at the Eastern Avenue exit, San Bernardino (I-10) Freeway, at the interchange of the 10 and 710 Freeways. Public (permit dispensers) parking is available in Lots C, F or G, and the top level of North Parking Structure 2.

The presentation will feature Al Martinez, author, screenwriter, and award-winning L.A. Times editor and journalist for more than 30 years. Martinez will reflect on his life and writings, and engage in an open dialogue about his career and related topics. (The talk is free to the public.)

Al Martinez is described further as possessing a myriad of creative talents and experience as a reporter, author, scriptwriter, documentarian and television series creator. Martinez contributed to three Pulitzer Prize-winning efforts and was nominated for a 1992 Emmy for the CBS-TV movie, “Out on the Edge.” His Pulitzer contributions involved a 1983 series on the Southern California Latino community, team coverage of the 1992 Los Angeles riots and a staff award for reporting on the 1994 Northridge earthquake. The California Chicano News Media Association named him 2002 Print Journalist of the Year and the Society of Professional Journalists chose him as Journalist of the Year in 1996. Other honors include a 1988 Ernie Pyle Award and a 1988 National Headliner Award.

Al Martinez will sign copies of his book, Reflections. Limited copies will be available for purchase. For parking information and reservations, please call (323) 343-3974.

Members of the media are invited to attend. Please RSVP by November 7 to the Office of the University Librarian at (323) 343-3974 or by e-mail: [email protected]

Working for California since 1947: The 175-acre hilltop campus of California State University, Los Angeles is at the heart of a major metropolitan city, just five miles from Los Angeles’ civic and cultural center. More than 20,000 students and 185,000 alumni—with a wide variety of interests, ages and backgrounds--reflect the city’s dynamic mix of populations. Six colleges offer nationally recognized science, arts, business, criminal justice, engineering, nursing, education and humanities programs, among others, led by an award-winning faculty. Cal State L.A. is home to the critically-acclaimed Luckman Jazz Orchestra and to a unique university center for gifted students as young as 12. Among programs that provide exciting enrichment opportunities to students and community include a noted alternative energy technology initiative; an NEH- and Rockefeller-supported humanities center; a NASA-funded center for space research; and a growing forensic science program, to be housed in the Los Angeles Regional Crime Lab now under construction.

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