University of Texas at Austin
The University of Texas at Austin is a public research university in Austin, Texas. It is the flagship institution of the University of Texas System; the University of Texas was inducted into the Association of American Universities in 1929, becoming only the third university in the American South to be elected. The institution has the nation's eighth-largest single-campus enrollment, with over 50,000 undergraduate and graduate students and over 24,000 faculty and staff. A Public Ivy, it is a major center for academic research, with research expenditures exceeding $615 million for the 2016–2017 school year; the university houses seven museums and seventeen libraries, including the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum and the Blanton Museum of Art, operates various auxiliary research facilities, such as the J. J. Pickle Research Campus and the McDonald Observatory. Among university faculty are recipients of the Nobel Prize, Pulitzer Prize, the Wolf Prize, the Primetime Emmy Award, the Turing Award, the National Medal of Science, as well as many other awards.
As of October 2018, 11 Nobel Prize winners, 2 Turing Award winners and 1 Fields medalist have been affiliated with the school as alumni, faculty members or researchers. Student athletes are members of the Big 12 Conference, its Longhorn Network is the only sports network featuring the college sports of a single university. The Longhorns have won four NCAA Division I National Football Championships, six NCAA Division I National Baseball Championships, thirteen NCAA Division I National Men's Swimming and Diving Championships, has claimed more titles in men's and women's sports than any other school in the Big 12 since the league was founded in 1996; the first mention of a public university in Texas can be traced to the 1827 constitution for the Mexican state of Coahuila y Tejas. Although Title 6, Article 217 of the Constitution promised to establish public education in the arts and sciences, no action was taken by the Mexican government. After Texas obtained its independence from Mexico in 1836, the Texas Congress adopted the Constitution of the Republic, under Section 5 of its General Provisions, stated "It shall be the duty of Congress, as soon as circumstances will permit, to provide, by law, a general system of education."On April 18, 1838, "An Act to Establish the University of Texas" was referred to a special committee of the Texas Congress, but was not reported back for further action.
On January 26, 1839, the Texas Congress agreed to set aside fifty leagues of land—approximately 288,000 acres —towards the establishment of a publicly funded university. In addition, 40 acres in the new capital of Austin were reserved and designated "College Hill." In 1845, Texas was annexed into the United States. The state's Constitution of 1845 failed to mention higher education. On February 11, 1858, the Seventh Texas Legislature approved O. B. 102, an act to establish the University of Texas, which set aside $100,000 in United States bonds toward construction of the state's first publicly funded university. The legislature designated land reserved for the encouragement of railroad construction toward the university's endowment. On January 31, 1860, the state legislature, wanting to avoid raising taxes, passed an act authorizing the money set aside for the University of Texas to be used for frontier defense in west Texas to protect settlers from Indian attacks. Texas's secession from the Union and the American Civil War delayed repayment of the borrowed monies.
At the end of the Civil War in 1865, The University of Texas's endowment was just over $16,000 in warrants and nothing substantive had been done to organize the university's operations. This effort to establish a University was again mandated by Article 7, Section 10 of the Texas Constitution of 1876 which directed the legislature to "establish and provide for the maintenance and direction of a university of the first class, to be located by a vote of the people of this State, styled "The University of Texas."Additionally, Article 7, Section 11 of the 1876 Constitution established the Permanent University Fund, a sovereign wealth fund managed by the Board of Regents of the University of Texas and dedicated for the maintenance of the university. Because some state legislators perceived an extravagance in the construction of academic buildings of other universities, Article 7, Section 14 of the Constitution expressly prohibited the legislature from using the state's general revenue to fund construction of university buildings.
Funds for constructing university buildings had to come from the university's endowment or from private gifts to the university, but the university's operating expenses could come from the state's general revenues. The 1876 Constitution revoked the endowment of the railroad lands of the Act of 1858, but dedicated 1,000,000 acres of land, along with other property appropriated for the university, to the Permanent University Fund; this was to the detriment of the university as the lands the Constitution of 1876 granted the university represented less than 5% of the value of the lands granted to the university under the Act of 1858. The more valuable lands reverted to the fund to support general educat
Tarleton State University
Tarleton State University is a public, state university located in Stephenville, Texas and is a member of the Texas A&M University System. Located just outside the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex, Tarleton offers programs including agriculture, music, medical technology, mathematical data mining, teacher education programs; the university's public school improvement programs are active in over 50 area school districts. In fall 2012, the university enrolled over 10,000 students for the first time. John Tarleton Agricultural College was founded in 1899 with an endowment from settler John Tarleton; the college became a member of the Texas A&M University system in 1917. In 1949 it was renamed Tarleton State College became a four-year degree-granting institution in 1959 and gained status as a university in 1973. In 2003 it began offering doctoral programs. Located one hour from Fort Worth in Stephenville, Tarleton serves as the educational and cultural flagship of the Cross Timbers Region. With a population of around 17,000, is included in Norman Crampton's The 100 Best Small Towns in America published by Prentice Hall.
A new 70,000-square-foot sports recreation center, complete with weight rooms and gym, opened in fall 2007. The two-story building holds four racquetball courts, a weight room, cardio equipment as well as multi-purpose rooms and office space; the new facility is home to a climbing wall and an "outdoor pursuit" area, allowing students the opportunity to sign up for such outdoor items as kayaks and camping equipment. A new $13 million, 42,000-square-foot dining facility opened in Fall 2008. For student convenience, the new building is an extension of the student center and has two floors, a convenience store, executive meeting rooms and a cafe with a wireless network. Other recent additions include a new $30.8 million science building complete with a 64-seat planetarium and a new observatory at Tarleton's Hunewell Ranch, which houses a robotic 32-inch-diameter research-grade telescope. The old science building went through an extensive $13.5 million renovation and expansion upgrading laboratories and classrooms.
Tarleton's recent progress includes a remarkable expansion and renovation of the Dick Smith Library and comfortable new housing facilities. The Dick Smith Library is a 3 floor facility that houses materials including print books, curriculum collection, audio-visual material, e-books, streaming media, special collections; the library provides over 200 computers available for student use, including laptops and collaborative spaces. There are two study rooms available for reservation, twelve first come, first served rooms, as well as a meeting room, practice presentation room, library training center; the library has a Learning Commons, Tech Spot, Study Grounds Cafe. More the library has added a Maker Spot, which offers camera equipment available for checkout, a wide-format scanner, 3-D printer, 3-D scanner, more; the Dick Smith Library participates in the TexShare program, which enables sharing of materials to and from many different libraries across the state of Texas. Students come from around the world–26 countries and 49 states in the United States–to attend Tarleton.
Students have the opportunity to choose from 65 undergraduate, 21 graduate, two associate degree programs and one doctoral program. The largest non-land grant agriculture university in the United States, Tarleton is a leader in teacher education, it has one of the largest and oldest public school improvement partnerships in the United States, benefiting more than 50 area school districts. The university is a national leader in educating agricultural education teachers. Data mining and data warehousing research at Tarleton is improving crop insurance for farmers. At the Center for Agribusiness Excellence, researchers seek to improve the integrity of the U. S. Department of Agriculture Risk Management Agency’s delivery of services to farmers. Data mining research has identified patterns and schemes for cheating the system that are reported to the Compliance Branch of the agency. In addition, systematic mistakes causing farmers’ claims to be underpaid are reported for corrective action. To date, more than $300 million in cost savings has been attributed to CAE research.
Bachelor's degrees in nursing, environmental engineering, engineering physics, international agriculture, interdisciplinary business, communications, as well as a master's degree in environmental science and a doctoral degree in educational administration, have been added to the curriculum. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board approved an Associate of Applied Science degree and Advanced Technician Certificates in both Medical Laboratory Technology and Histotechnology for Tarleton. A doctoral degree in educational administration and online master's degrees programs are offered. GetEducated.com named three of Tarleton's online master's programs as Best Buys for affordability and quality: Tarleton's online MBA. Tarleton was recognized for its Tarleton Model for Accelerated Teacher Education, which received special notice from the Association of Teacher Education for program excellence. Through the TMATE program, Tarleton is the provider of alternate teacher certification for Fort Worth ISD.
The Computer Information Systems Department was selected by the International Data Processing Management Association as the outstanding four-year program in North America in 1989, 1996 and 2003 making Tarleton the first university to be a three-time award recipient. Tarleton's Laboratory for Wellness and Mo
Lou Kilzer is an investigative journalist and author and a two time Pulitzer Prize Winner. He began work as a journalist in 1973 after graduating cum laude in philosophy from Yale University, joining the Rocky Mountain News in December 1977, he covered police and investigations. In 1983, he began a five-year stint on the investigations unit and city desk of the Denver Post, seven years on the investigative unit of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. In 1986, Kilzer and two other Denver Post reporters won for that newspaper a Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for a series that debunked the notion that millions of small American children were being kidnapped each year by strangers, he and another Minneapolis Star-Tribune reporter won a Pulitzer for investigative reporting in 1990 for articles exposing how top officials at the Saint Paul Fire Department were profiting from the arson industry. He has won over a dozen national journalism awards, including the George Polk Award for National Reporting, the IRE award for investigative journalism.
In 1994, Kilzer returned to the Denver Post as investigations editor, followed by five years as investigative reporter where he had begun his career: The Rocky Mountain News. Kilzer covered the insider stock trading by Qwest CEO Joe Nacchio and appeared before his stock fraud indictment and conviction. In 2008, Kilzer accepted the job of editor-in-chief of the JoongAng Daily in South Korea; the JoongAng Daily is published in partnership with the International New York Times. Kilzer returned to the United States in 2010, taking a job on the investigative unit of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, he moved with his wife, Liz, to Costa Rica where he is pursuing a book writing career. In 2013 he won the William Brewster Styles Award given by the Scripps Howard Foundation for his reporting on international money laundering. Kilzer won the award, together with fellow reporter Andrew Conte and Investigations Editor Jim Wilhelm for work published in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Kilzer's 1994 book, Churchill's Deception, sought to prove that Great Britain tricked Germany into attacking the Soviet Union in 1941.
It was published by Schuster. Kirkus Reviews called the book "an audacious rereading of the diplomatic history" of World War II," in which Kilzer argues "that Winston Churchill deliberately nurtured Hitler's illusion that powerful British factions sought an end to the war on terms favorable to Nazi Germany, thus outwitted Hitler into starting a war against the Soviets that Germany could not win." The book maintains that Rudolf Hess's 1941 flight to Britain was a British intelligence operation, that the man who died in Spandau Prison in 1987 was not Hess. Kirkus called the book "an absorbing and cogently argued original contribution to WW II literature." Booklist said historians would give the book "short shrift" because it was derived from existing published works, Library Journal described the Hess theory as "generally discredited."His 2000 book Hitler's Traitor: Martin Bormann and the Defeat of the Reich contends that Germany's defeat was the result of the Red Orchestra spy ring that had penetrated the German High Command.
The book contends that Martin Bormann, a top aide to Adolf Hitler, Heinrich Müller, head of the Gestapo, were both Soviet agents. Publishers Weekly said that Kilzer "revisits this arena with an entertaining synthesis of evidence about the activities of these spies, extensive accounts of relevant military history, informed speculations about causes and effects and behaviors."Kilzer's first book of fiction, co-authored with Mark Boyden, a British business consulting executive, is called "Fatal Redemption," published by Enigmas Publishing. "Fatal Redemption" won several national awards including the IRDA in 2015, the crime fiction award category for the Beverly Hills International Book Awards and the general fiction category of the 2015 Great Northwest Book Festival. Kilzer and Boyden are writing a series centering around a journalist named Sally Will; this includes the title, "Fatal Seductions." Pulitzer Prize, Investigative Reporting, 1990. Pulitzer Prize, Public Service, 1986. William Brewster Styles National Award by the Scripps Howard Foundation for Business and Economics Reporting, 2013.
Society of American Business Editors and Writers Award, 2012. Excellence in Economic Reporting Award, Institute of Political Journalism, 2012. Inland Press Association Award, 2012. EMMA Award, 2006. GFWC Print Journalism Award, 2006. John Jay College, Excellence in Criminal Justice Reporting Award, 2005; the National Council on Crime and Delinquency PASS Award, 2005. American Planning Association Award, 2004. Society of American Business Editors and Writers Award, 2003. John B. Oaks Award, Environmental Reporting, 2nd Place, 2002. Investigative Reporters and Editors Sweepstakes Award, 1990. George Polk Award for National Reporting, 1986. Kilzer was born in Cody, the son of Robert and Marjorie Kilzer, he and his wife, Liz Kovacs, have two grown children. Kilzer and Mark Boyden. Fatal Redemption: A Mystery Thriller. Enigmas Publishing, 2014. ISBN 9780992806804 Kilzer and Mark Boyden. Fatal Seductions: Second in the Sally Will series. Enigmas Publishing, 2015. ISBN 9780992806859 Kilzer and Sarah Huntley. Battered Justice.
Denver, CO: Rocky Mountain News, 2005. OCLC 84154064 Kilzer, Louis C. Hitler's Traitor: Martin Bormann and the Defeat of the Reich. Novato, CA: Presidio Press, 2000. ISBN 0891417109 Kilzer, Louis C. Churchill's Deception: The Dark Secret That Destroyed Nazi Germany. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1994. ISBN 0671767224
The Dallas Morning News
The Dallas Morning News is a daily newspaper serving the Dallas–Fort Worth area of Texas, with an average of 271,900 daily subscribers. It was founded on October 1, 1885, by Alfred Horatio Belo as a satellite publication of the Galveston Daily News, of Galveston, Texas. Today it has one of the 20 largest paid circulations in the United States. Throughout the 1990s and as as 2010, the paper has won nine Pulitzer Prizes for reporting and photography, George Polk Awards for education reporting and regional reporting, an Overseas Press Club award for photography; the company has its headquarters in downtown Dallas. The Dallas Morning News was founded in 1885 as a spin-off of the Galveston Daily News by Alfred Horatio Belo. In 1926, the Belo family sold a majority interest in the paper to its longtime publisher, George Dealey. In 1904, The Dallas Morning News began publishing the Texas Almanac, published intermittently during the 1800s by the Galveston Daily News. After over a century of publishing by the Morning News, the Almanac's assets were gifted to the Texas State Historical Association in May 2008.
By the late 1940s, the Morning News had built and opened a new office and printing plant at Houston and Young Streets on the southwest side of downtown Dallas. A notable part of the facade above the front doors includes a quote etched in the stony exterior: BUILD THE NEWS UPONTHE ROCK OF TRUTHAND RIGHTEOUSNESSCONDUCT IT ALWAYSUPON THE LINES OFFAIRNESS AND INTEGRITYACKNOWLEDGE THE RIGHTOF THE PEOPLE TO GETFROM THE NEWSPAPERBOTH SIDES OF EVERYIMPORTANT QUESTION G. B. DEALEYThe complex at 508 Young Street would house all or part of the Morning News operations for the next six decades. In late 1991, The Dallas Morning News became the lone major newspaper in the Dallas market when the Dallas Times Herald was closed after several years of circulation wars between the two papers over the then-burgeoning classified advertising market. In July 1986, the Times Herald was purchased by owner of MediaNews Group. After 18 months of efforts to turn the paper around, Singleton sold it to an associate. On December 8, 1991, Belo bought the Times Herald for $55 million.
It was not the first time the Belo family had bought a paper named The Herald in Dallas....1879 Alfred H. Belo was investigating the possibility of establishing a sister paper in developing North Texas; when Belo's efforts to purchase the Herald failed, he sent George Bannerman Dealey to launch a new paper, the Morning News, which began publication on October 1, 1885. From the outset the Morning News enjoyed the double advantage of strong financial support and an accumulation of journalistic experience, within a month and a half had absorbed its older rival. In 2003, a Spanish-language newspaper was launched by The Dallas Morning News, called Al Día. Al Día came with a purchase price, but in recent years the newspaper has been made available free of charge, it is published twice a week, on Saturday. Between 2003 and 2011, a tabloid-sized publication called Quick was published by The Dallas Morning News, which focused on general news in a quick-read, digest form, but in years covered entertainment and lifestyle stories.
In late 2013, The Dallas Morning News ended its longtime newsgathering collaboration with previously-co-owned TV station WFAA. The newspaper entered into a new partnership with KXAS at that time; the Morning News has tilted conservative, mirroring Texas′ drift to the Republican Party. However, on September 7, 2016 it endorsed Hillary Clinton for president, the first time it had endorsed a Democrat for president since Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1940; this came a day after it ran a scathing editorial declaring Republican candidate Donald Trump "not qualified to serve as president." It was the first time that the paper had refused to endorse a Republican since 1964. In wake of the approaching 2018 Midterm Elections, the Morning News once again endorsed a Democratic candidate in that of Beto O'Rourke, the challenger to incumbent Senator Ted Cruz. In late 2016 it was announced that The Dallas Morning News would move away from its home of 68 years on Young Street, to a building on Commerce Street used by the Dallas Public Library for its downtown branch.
The Commerce Street address is one-third the size of the Young Street complex. Reasons given for the move included technology innovations, fewer staff, as well as printing presses no longer co-located with the newsroom and main offices. By December of 2017, the move was completed; the former property at 508 Young was sold by October 2018 to a business partnership, looking into possible redevelopment opportunities for the complex, but in December 2018 the partnership backed out of the deal. Changes were announced in January 2019 which included staff layoffs and reducing the paper's Business section to one separate section per week, on Sunday. A total of 43 employees were affected by the move. In late February 2019, several printing agreements were not renewed at the Morning News suburban printing plant, 92 positions were affected by the change there. Publications that had to find a different printing partner included Dallas Observer and Fort Worth Weekly. List of newspapers in Texas Gelsanliter, David.
Fresh Ink: Behind the Scenes of a Major Metropolitan Newspaper. Denton, Texas: University of North Texas Press. ISBN 092939884X. Reed, Roy. "State of The American N
Library of Congress
The Library of Congress is the research library that serves the United States Congress and is the de facto national library of the United States. It is the oldest federal cultural institution in the United States; the Library is housed in three buildings on Capitol Hill in Washington, D. C.. The Library's functions are overseen by the Librarian of Congress, its buildings are maintained by the Architect of the Capitol; the Library of Congress has claimed to be the largest library in the world. Its "collections are universal, not limited by subject, format, or national boundary, include research materials from all parts of the world and in more than 450 languages."The Library of Congress moved to Washington in 1800 after sitting for 11 years in the temporary national capitals in New York City and Philadelphia. The small Congressional Library was housed in the United States Capitol for most of the 19th century until the early 1890s. Most of the original collection had been destroyed by the British in 1814 during the War of 1812, the library sought to restore its collection in 1815.
They bought Thomas Jefferson's entire personal collection of 6,487 books. After a period of slow growth, another fire struck the Library in its Capitol chambers in 1851, again destroying a large amount of the collection, including many of Jefferson's books. After the American Civil War, the Library of Congress grew in both size and importance, which sparked a campaign to purchase replacement copies for volumes, burned; the Library received the right of transference of all copyrighted works to deposit two copies of books, maps and diagrams printed in the United States. It began to build its collections, its development culminated between 1888 and 1894 with the construction of a separate, extensive library building across the street from the Capitol; the Library's primary mission is to research inquiries made by members of Congress, carried out through the Congressional Research Service. The Library is open to the public, although only high-ranking government officials and Library employees may check out books and materials.
James Madison is credited with the idea of creating a congressional library, first making such a proposition in 1783. The Library of Congress was subsequently established April 24, 1800 when President John Adams signed an act of Congress providing for the transfer of the seat of government from Philadelphia to the new capital city of Washington. Part of the legislation appropriated $5,000 "for the purchase of such books as may be necessary for the use of Congress... and for fitting up a suitable apartment for containing them." Books were ordered from London, the collection consisted of 740 books and three maps which were housed in the new United States Capitol. President Thomas Jefferson played an important role in establishing the structure of the Library of Congress. On January 26, 1802, he signed a bill that allowed the president to appoint the Librarian of Congress and establishing a Joint Committee on the Library to regulate and oversee it; the new law extended borrowing privileges to the President and Vice President.
The invading British army burned Washington in August 1814 during the War of 1812 and destroyed the Library of Congress and its collection of 3,000 volumes. These volumes had been left in the Senate wing of the Capitol. One of the few congressional volumes to survive was a government account book of receipts and expenditures for 1810, it was taken as a souvenir by British Admiral George Cockburn, whose family returned it to the United States government in 1940. Within a month, Thomas Jefferson offered to sell his personal library as a replacement. Congress accepted his offer in January 1815; some members of the House of Representatives opposed the outright purchase, including New Hampshire Representative Daniel Webster who wanted to return "all books of an atheistical and immoral tendency." Jefferson had spent 50 years accumulating a wide variety of books in several languages and on subjects such as philosophy, law, architecture, natural sciences, studies of classical Greece and Rome, modern inventions, hot air balloons, submarines, fossils and meteorology.
He had collected books on topics not viewed as part of a legislative library, such as cookbooks. However, he believed, he remarked: I do not know that it contains any branch of science which Congress would wish to exclude from their collection. Jefferson's collection was unique in that it was the working collection of a scholar, not a gentleman's collection for display. With the addition of his collection, the Library of Congress was transformed from a specialist's library to a more general one, his original collection was organized into a scheme based on Francis Bacon's organization of knowledge. He grouped his books into Memory and Imagination, which broke down into 44 more subdivisions; the Library followed Jefferson's organization scheme until the late 19th century, when librarian Herbert Putnam began work on a more flexible Library of Congress Classification structure that now applies to more than 138 million items. In 1851, a fire destroyed two thirds of the Jefferson collection, with only 2,000 books remaining.
By 2008, the Librarians of Congress had found replacements for all but 300 of the works that were in Jefferson's original collection. On December 22, 1851 the largest fire in the Library's history destroyed 35,000 books, about two–thi
Harry Gerard "H. G." Bissinger III known as Buzz Bissinger is an American journalist and author, best known for his 1990 non-fiction book Friday Night Lights. He is a longtime contributing editor at Vanity Fair magazine. Born in New York, Bissinger is the son of Eleanor and Harry Gerard Bissinger II, his father was a former president of the municipal bond firm Company. He graduated from Phillips Academy in 1972 and from the University of Pennsylvania in 1976, where he was a sports and opinion editor for The Daily Pennsylvanian, he is the cousin of Peter Berg, who directed the film adaptation of Bissinger's book Friday Night Lights. In 1987, while writing for The Philadelphia Inquirer, Bissinger won the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting for his story on corruption in the Philadelphia court system. In 1998 his article "Shattered Glass", an exposé of the career of New Republic writer Stephen Glass, was published in the magazine Vanity Fair, where he is a contributing editor; the article was adapted for the 2003 film of the same name.
Bissinger's July 2015 Vanity Fair cover story "Call Me Caitlyn," on the transition of former Olympic decathlete and television personality Bruce Jenner to Caitlyn Jenner star of E!'s Keeping Up With the Kardashians and I Am Cait, with photographs by Annie Leibovitz, was one of the biggest international scoops in years. Bissinger had exclusive access to Jenner both before and after her cosmetic surgery; the 11,000-word article was months in the making and kept under wraps until it was released on the magazine's website on June 1. Bissinger's article for Vanity Fair, "Gone with the Wind", about the saga of 2006 Kentucky Derby Winner Barbaro, has been optioned by Universal Pictures, his magazine work has appeared in The New York Times and Sports Illustrated. In 2008, Bissinger wrote "The Throwback," an online sports column for The New York Times. Bissinger served as a columnist at The Daily Beast. On Oct. 8, 2012, Bissinger endorsed Mitt Romney for president. He hosted a daily radio talk show on WPHT Philadelphia 1210 with Steve Martorano.
Bissinger is best known for his book Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, a Dream, which documents the 1988 season of the football team of Permian High School in Odessa, Texas. This work was the inspiration for the 1993 television series Against the Grain, was turned into a successful film, a television series which debuted on NBC on October 3, 2006; the book has sold nearly two million copies. In a list of the one hundred best books on sports Sports Illustrated ranked Friday Night Lights fourth and the best on football. ESPN called. A Prayer for the City, published in 1998, offers insight into the urban political scene of Philadelphia during Mayor Ed Rendell's term in the 1990s; the New York Times' bestselling Three Nights in August, published in 2005, chronicles a series in August 2003 between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Chicago Cubs through the perspective of Cardinals manager Tony La Russa. Shooting Stars was published by Penguin Press in September 2009; the book, co-authored with basketball superstar LeBron James, tells the story of James' high school career where he and his four best friends won a championship in basketball.
As part of the promotion of Shooting Stars, Bissinger appeared as a "Guest Commenter" on a Deadspin post on Oct. 1, 2009. In April 2012 Bissinger released After Friday Night Lights, a sequel to Friday Night Lights which focuses on Bissinger's relationship with James "Boobie" Miles, a major character in his first book. Father's Day, published in May 2012 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, is a memoir that revolves around a singular cross-country road trip taken with one of his twin sons, Zach, an autistic savant. Bissinger is married to Lisa C. Smith, a former Assistant Vice Chancellor of NYU Abu Dhabi, has three sons. A resident of Washington state, he divides his time between homes in Philadelphia and the Pacific Northwest. In a column published in GQ, Bissinger states he is a shopaholic with an obsession for expensive designer clothes, spending $638,412.97 between 2010 and 2012. In 2013, Bissinger was awarded an honorary degree by Drexel University in recognition of his exceptional contributions as one of the “nation’s most honored and distinguished writers.”
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David Meyer Wessel is an American journalist and writer. He has shared two Pulitzer Prizes for journalism, he is director of the Hutchins Center on Fiscal & Monetary Policy at the Brookings Institution and a contributing correspondent to The Wall Street Journal, where he worked for 30 years. Wessel appears on National Public Radio's Morning Edition. Wessel is a native of Connecticut, he is the son of Morris A. Wessel, a pediatrician, Irmgard R. Wessel, a clinical social worker. Wessel graduated from New Haven’s Richard C. Lee High School in 1971 and from Haverford College in 1975, where he majored in economics. In 2009, he was awarded an honorary doctorate in humane letters by Eureka College. Wessel began his reporting career at the Middletown, Connecticut Press in 1975 and joined the staff of the Hartford Courant in 1977, he left Hartford in 1980 to spend a year as a Knight-Bagehot Fellow in Business and Economics Journalism at Columbia's Graduate School of Journalism. He moved to The Boston Globe in 1981 and was hired in 1983 as a reporter in the Wall Street Journal's Boston bureau.
He transferred to the Washington, D. C. bureau in 1987 and worked there for the duration of his time at the WSJ, except for a brief period as the paper's Berlin bureau chief in 1999-2000. On December 4, 2013, The Brookings Institution announced that Wessel would become the founding director of its new Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy. Wessel and his wife Naomi Karp, a senior policy analyst at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's Office for Older Americans, have two children and Ben. Wessel has shared two Pulitzer Prizes for journalism. In 1984, The Boston Globe and seven of its staff won the Pulitzer Prize for Local Investigative Specialized Reporting, citing a 1983 "series examining race relations in Boston, a notable exercise in public service that turned a searching gaze on some the city's most honored institutions including The Globe itself"; the series highlighted the persistence of racism in employment in Boston. He and others on the WSJ staff were nominated for Public Service in 2003 but awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting, citing "clear and comprehensive stories that illuminated the roots and impact of corporate scandals in America".
Wessel is the author of three books and the editor of Central Banking after the Great Recession, which features an interview between Ben Bernanke and Liaquat Ahamed as well as chapters by John C. Williams, Donald Kohn, Paul Tucker. Prosperity: The Coming 20-Year Boom and What It Means for You, co-written with Bob Davis, is a look at the prospects for the American middle class. In Fed We Trust: Ben Bernanke’s War on the Great Panic, a New York Times Best Seller, chronicles the Federal Reserve's response to the financial crisis of 2007–08. Michiko Kakutani's review in the New York Times calls it "essential, lucid—and, it turns out, riveting—reading". Wessel's latest book, called Red Ink: Inside the High-Stakes Politics of the Federal Budget, is a primer on the federal budget and the deficit, was published in July 2012 by Crown Business. David Wessel at Library of Congress Authorities, with 4 catalog records Appearances on C-SPAN