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Journalist Chris Bynum visits campus for
Journalism Alumni Speakers Series
Oct. 7, 2008 --
Chris Bynum, health and
fitness writer for the New Orleans Times-Picayune
and part of the Pulitzer Prize-winning staff for its coverage of
Hurricane Katrina, is the third scheduled speaker in the Journalism
Alumni Speakers series. She will be on campus, Monday and Tuesday, Oct.
Bynum, a native of Dermott and 1970 graduate of Arkansas State
University’s journalism program, is former editor of The Herald and was
named the first recipient of the Tex Plunkett Service Award and the
outstanding journalism graduate for 1970.
In her first return visit to ASU since 1971, Bynum will speak to several
classes about the devastation and recovery in New Orleans resulting from
Hurricane Katrina. She will address the new reporting and news writing
classes at 10 a.m., Monday,
Oct. 13, in room 217 in the Communications Building. At 2 p.m., she will
meet with the feature and magazine article writing and news writing
classes in Communications Building 233, followed by a meeting with staff
members of The Herald at 5 p.m.
On Tuesday, Oct. 14, Bynum will meet with the news reporting and news
writing classes in Communications Building 217. Also on her two-day
agenda is a tour of the city and a meeting with Jonesboro Sun editor Roy
After beginning her journalism career as a copy editor at the Arkansas
Democrat, Bynum moved to New Orleans in 1973, where she directed an
anti-crime organization of 7,000 volunteers sponsored by the States-Item
newspaper in the Crescent City. She also has worked as a free-lance
writer for the Associated Press and the Dallas Times-Herald.
Bynum has been a food editor for the States-Item, an entertainment
magazine editor, a gossip columnist, a fashion editor and a health and
fitness writer for the Times-Picayune. She covered fashion in Paris, New
York, Los Angeles and New Orleans.
She won five national Atrium Awards for fashion journalism—several for
color-packed fashion sections and one for her story on what people wear
for burial—and more than 20 Alpha Awards from the Fashion Group
International’s regional competition as well as its lifetime achievement
award. She also served on the Council of Fashion Designers of America
nominating committee for its annual awards presentation.
After 16 years of writing about fashion, Bynum started a health and
fitness section for the Times-Picayune in 2001 and received an
Excellence in Feature award from the Louisiana Press Association, and a
Media Award from the Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse in New Orleans
for coverage of post-Katrina addiction problems. She was part of the
newspaper’s staff that received two Pulitzer Prizes—for public service
and breaking news—for its Katrina coverage.