Photojournalist, author, and professor Alysia Burton
Steele, a 1997 alumna of IUP’s journalism program, spoke to students in two
Journalism and Public Relations Department courses and to a campus-wide
audience during her visit April 8–10, 2018. Steele showed pictures that won her and
her colleagues at the Dallas Morning News the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for
The Pulitzer jury said the paper won the award for its vivid photographs
depicting the chaos and pain after Hurricane Katrina engulfed New Orleans.
Steele elaborated and responded to animated student questions.
The Journalism and Public Relations Department and the Elizabeth Sweeney
Foundation hosted Steele, who also signed copies of her 2015 book, Delta Jewels:
In Search of my Grandmother’s Wisdom. Proceeds from sales go to Steele’s
nonprofit, Delta Jewels Support Foundation.