Thursday, May 17, 2007
Eric Nalder has received two Pulitzer Prizes, one for national reporting in 1990 and another for investigative reporting in 1997. He was also a finalist for the Pulitzer in public service in 1992. Nalder published one book, Tankers Full of Trouble, which won the Investigative Reporters and Editors book award for 1994. He has received more than 60 state, regional and national journalism awards and he has taught interviewing and investigative reporting workshops in five countries. Nalder has been a reporter for 34 years, minus nine months spent as a pig farmer. He heads the investigative team of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and lives in Suquamish, WA. He has also lived in Norway, France, Lebanon and Afghanistan.
Nalder spent three years at the San Jose Mercury News before joining the P-I on Aug. 30. Prior to that, he worked for The Seattle Times for 17 years. He also worked for the Everett Herald, Lynnwood Enterprise and Whidbey News Times.
Eric Nalder's focus at the conference includes two workshops concerning his specialty: investigative reporting. His first workshop, Loosening Lips: the Art of the Interview, starts Saturday at 1:30 and features successful techniques for finding the facts of a story. Techniques from the Loosening Lips workshop can be found on the IRE (Investigative Reporters and Editors) website along with many other tips from Nalder. Nalder will also host (with Tom Robbins) the Investigative Reporting workshop beginning at 2:45pm.
On Sunday, Nalder delivers the keynote speech at 9:30am followed by a Q&A session at 10:45am.
I plan on asking Nalder about his time in Lebanon (he graduated from high school there) and his time in Afghanistan.
Eric Nalder has a large following of fans both among his readers and his co-workers. After reviewing his comments on the seattlepi.com chat site, I understand why. Open and friendly, he answers questions honestly, spreads credit around liberally, and accepts criticism graciously (although he seldom makes mistakes). His specialty is getting the facts and getting them right.