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Los Angeles Times Veteran Barry Siegel Will Join School of Humanities

Irvine, Calif., Sept 8, 2003 - Barry Siegel, the Pulitzer Prize-winning national correspondent for the Los Angeles Times, will join the UC Irvine faculty as a professor of English in the School of Humanities.

Siegel, a Los Angeles Times reporter since 1976, will head the undergraduate degree program in literary journalism, a new major in UCI's highly ranked English and Comparative Literature Department.

"We're thrilled to have such a prominent practitioner of the craft head our new literary journalism program," said Steven Mailloux, outgoing chair of the department. "Barry Siegel is not only an extraordinary writer of creative nonfiction, he is also a nationally recognized expert regularly called upon by his peers to speak on the art of writing."

UCI is the first UC campus to offer an undergraduate major in literary journalism, and the program will build on the university's existing strengths in literature, creative writing and literary theory. The new major is for students interested in reading, studying and writing nonfiction prose that transcends the limits of daily journalism.

"UCI's decision to create a literary journalism program is exciting and imaginative, and I'm delighted at the chance to direct it," Siegel said. "This program offers a singular opportunity to study a type of nonfiction prose that has evolved into a distinctive branch of literature. I look forward to the prospect of helping students become informed and effective writers."

In addition to winning the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing in 2002, Siegel has earned numerous awards, including the PEN Center USA West Literary Award in Journalism, in 2000 and 1987; the Best Writing Award in 2001 from the California Newspaper Publishers Association; and the Livingston Award for Young Journalists, national reporting, in 1983. He is the author of two nonfiction volumes of literary journalism and three novels of legal suspense.

At the Los Angeles Times, Siegel began as a View section writer (1976-78), then served briefly as a special assignment writer covering the social impact of television (1979) before being named a national correspondent in 1980. Prior to the Times, Siegel was the West Coast news editor of Women's Wear Daily (1973-76) and a stringer for Newsweek in its Los Angeles bureau (1973). Siegel has a master's in journalism from Columbia University and graduated magna cum laude from Pomona College with a bachelor's in English.

Contact: Lori Brandt (949) 824-5484; lbrandt@uci.edu

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