A former writer for Casey Kasem's radio program "Top 40," Leonard Pitts, Jr. was a pop music critic at the Miami Herald where he began writing about race and current affairs in his own column. Today, his Miami Herald newspaper column on current affairs, human rights and human wrongs, is syndicated in more than 250 daily newspapers. Pitts was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 1992 and winner in 2004. He won the top prize for commentary at the Scripps Howard Foundation’s National Journalism Awards in 2002. Read More >
“Leonard, thank you! With your help, we had our most successful gala ever. People are still telling us how much they enjoyed hearing you speak.”
"Thanks again for having joined us and for adding your powerful message to the day’s discussion about curbing gun violence. Your speech was rated ‘excellent’ by the overwhelming majority of the evaluations. Our organizing committee couldn’t agree more."
"Thing went extremely well last night. Mr. Pitts was well received and delivered an outstanding keynote address. Thank you for your assistance bringing him to The Citadel."
"Mr. Pitts was utterly fantastic -- and the post conference surveys are resoundingly delighted."
"Leonard was brilliant. We had a standing-room only crowd at the public lecture, with a hastily reserved overflow room that was also nearly filled. He got two standing ovations. His topic clearly resonated with the community here in Mankato, and we were honored to have him present. He was also gracious with our students, talking about the craft of writing as well as the state of profession. We really enjoyed his company."