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February 2, 2012

ULM alum and Pulitzer Prize winner to speak during Black History Month Feb. 6

As a part of the University of Louisiana at Monroe's celebration of Black History Month, Irwin Thompson, (B.A. '84) assistant director of photography for the Dallas (Tex.) Morning News, will speak on campus Monday, Feb. 6.

Thompson will speak from 7-8:30 p.m. at the ULM Library Conference Center, located on the seventh floor of the library.

Thompson joined the Dallas Morning News as a photojournalist in April of 1990.

Before moving to Dallas, he was a staff photographer for the New Orleans (La.)Times-Picayune and The (Monroe, La.) News-Star.

He graduated in 1984 from ULM with a B.A. in photojournalism.

Thompson has received numerous awards, including recognitions from The Texas Associated Press, the Louisiana Associated Press, the Texas Headliners, the Press Club of Dallas Katie Award, and the National Press Photographers Association.

Thompson's photographs have been published in Time Magazine, People Magazine, Ebony Magazine, Sports Illustrated, US News & World Report, National Geographic, Life Magazine, New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, and the Los Angeles Times.

In 2006, Thompson was among a team of eight DMN photojournalists that won the coveted 2006 Pulitzer Prize in Breaking News Photography for chronicling the gripping images of New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Born in Lake Charles, Thompson grew up in nearby DeRidder.

For more information about this event, contact The Office of Student Affairs at 318-342-5237.

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