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Award-winning Columnist Dave Barry to Kick-off New MDC Journalism Speaker Series

Dave Barry

Columnist Dave Barry

Miami, September 24, 2010 - Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and author Dave Barry has made millions of readers laugh for more than 25 years with his satirical style and witty banter. Miami Dade College (MDC) students will have the opportunity to meet Barry as he kicks-off the fourth season of the acclaimed MDC Journalism Speaker Series on Tuesday,  Oct. 5 at 10 a.m. at MDC’s North Campus.

“I’m utterly excited about the opportunity to have Dave Barry share his experiences,” said Monique Madan, the editor-in-chief of The Reporter, the student newspaper at MDC. “Dave Barry is one of the many guests that will demonstrate how journalism is merely the beginning to something far greater.”   

Barry won a Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 1988. His syndicated column has appeared in more than 500 newspapers across the United States and abroad. He has also written a total of 30 books, including two that were used as the basis for the CBS TV sitcom "Dave's World."

Barry graduated from Haverford College in 1969. He worked at the Daily Local News in West Chester, Pa, before taking a job at The Miami Herald in 1983. He also plays lead guitar in a literary rock band called the Rock Bottom Remainders. He’s also been a regular at MDC’s renowned Miami Book Fair International.

The MDC Journalism Speaker Series was launched in February of 2008 to create an exchange and learning opportunity for students interested in pursuing careers in journalism. To date, 29 journalists have participated in the series.  

This year’s lineup includes three Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists: El Nuevo Herald executive editor Manny Garcia, Miami Herald cartoonist Jim Morin and Barry. Also scheduled to appear are WSVN Channel 7 anchor Craig Stevens; WPLG Channel 10 senior political reporter Michael Putney; Miami Herald breaking news editor Pat Andrews; USA Today reporter Alan Gomez; and former Miami Herald general assignment reporter Arnold Markowitz.

Each program includes a presentation by the journalists and a 15-minute question and answer session.

All programs are free and open to the public.

WHAT:   MDC Journalism Speaker Series featuring humor columnist and author Dave Barry.  

WHEN:   Tuesday, Oct. 5, at 10 a.m.

WHERE: MDC North Campus, 11380 NW 27 Ave., Room 2151

For more information about the speaker series, please contact Manolo Barco, the adviser to The Reporter, the student newspaper at Miami Dade College, at 305-237-1255.

Media-only contacts:
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611,, MDC communications director
Tere Estorino, 305-237-3949,, MDC media relations director
Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710,, media specialist
Tarnell Carroll, 305-237-3359,, media specialist
Alejandro Rios, 305-237-7482,

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