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Award-Winning Associated Press Veterans
RICHARDSON, Texas (March 3, 2003) - Two of the most highly respected newsmen in Texas, John Lumpkin and Mike Cochran, will discuss their writing collaborations at a McDermott Library-UTD Mercury Writers Series Lecture Thursday, March 27, from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m., in the Kusch Auditorium located in the Founders North Building on The University of Texas at Dallas campus. The event is free and open to the public.
Lumpkin is the bureau chief for the Associated Press in Dallas, where he directs the news service's news and photo report in Texas from its LBJ Freeway headquarters and oversees AP marketing efforts. Cochran joined The Fort Worth Star-Telegram as a senior writer in 1999 after 39 years with the AP.
Lumpkin and Cochran have produced two books together - And Deliver Us From Evil and West Texas, A Portrait of its People and their Raw and Wondrous Land. The two won a Dallas Press Club Katie Award for an essay on West Texas that was the inspiration for the book.
"We are obviously delighted whenever we can bring talented people of this caliber to our university," said Dr. Larry Sall, director of libraries at UTD. "Both John and Mike have witnessed and written about history that has influenced our lives for decades - from the Kennedy assassination to the recent Columbia disaster. What they have to say about journalism and writing carries significant importance."
About John Lumpkin
Major stories he covered include the return of the Vietnam prisoners of war, the Watergate-related milk fund scandal, the Apollo-Soyuz joint U.S.-Soviet space mission and the visit to rural America of Pope John Paul. In Texas, he has overseen the coverage of the Republican Conventions in 1984 and 1990, the savings and loan crisis, the oil crisis, the 51-day Branch Davidian siege, the problems and successes of The Dallas Cowboys, the dramatic rescue of Baby Jessica from the well, the ascent of George W. Bush to the Presidency and the Shuttle Columbia disaster, among other stories. During that time, the AP has won the top Texas Headliner Award for reporting three times and has been recognized nationally by the AP for young writers, for feature writing, sports writing and for investigative enterprise. Lumpkin won a Katie Award in 2002 for specialty reporting. Lumpkin is a director of the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas.
About Mike Cochran
"You can love him, you can hate him, but you can't ignore him," celebrated lawyer Richard "Racehorse" Haines once said of Cochran.
Cochran grew up in the small West Texas town of Stamford, the elder son of a utility company salesman and high school English teacher. He studied journalism at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene and North Texas State University in Denton, to which he returned 30 years later as North Texas' 1988 Distinguished Alumnus.
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