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Reuters journalist to deliver talk at Robertson School

Oct 19, 2018

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By Marcus Messner, Ph.D., Associate Director

Reuters journalist and Robertson School alumnus Ronnie Greene will deliver a talk about his book "Shots on the Bridge: Police Violence and Cover-Up in the Wake of Katrina" on Thursday, Nov. 1. The event starts at 4 p.m. in lecture hall 1165 of the Temple Building (901 W. Main St.) and is free and open to the public. 

Greene edits investigative stories for Reuters and teaches graduate writing at Johns Hopkins University. Before joining Reuters, he edited Breathless and Burdened, a Pulitzer Prize winning investigation by the Center for Public Integrity. His other honors include an Emmy Award, the Harvard Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting, and the Investigative Reporters and Editors Book Award for "Shots on the Bridge." 

Greene spent much of his career at The Miami Herald, and is author of two nonfiction books, including "Shots on the Bridge." A 1986 VCU journalism graduate, Greene earned a master’s degree in nonfiction writing from Johns Hopkins.

The following is a summary of "Shots on the Bridge" from the website of Greene's publisher Beacon Press:

"Shots on the Bridge explores one of the most dramatic cases of police violence seen in our country in the last decade—the massacre of innocent people, carried out by members of the NOPD, in the brutal, disorderly days following Hurricane Katrina. It reveals the fear that gripped the police of a city slid into anarchy, the circumstances that drove desperate survivors to the bridge, and the horror that erupted when the police opened fire. It carefully unearths  the cover-up that nearly buried the truth.  And finally, it traces the legal maze that, a decade later, leaves the victims and their loved ones still searching for justice. This is the story of how the people meant to protect and serve citizens can do violence, hide their tracks, and work the legal system as the nation awaits justice.