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Michigan-based reporters discuss the Flint water crisis at annual Caulfield Lecture

Journalists Lindsey Smith and Curt Guyette
Journalists Lindsey Smith and Curt Guyette

Loyola University Maryland will host a panel discussion with journalists who helped uncover the Flint water crisis for this year’s Caulfield Lecture. The event will take place on Thursday, April 4, at 5 p.m. in the 4th Floor Program Room.  

Two key journalists who brought attention to the dangerous levels of lead in the city’s drinking water during the Flint water crisis will discuss their work, the challenges they faced while reporting, and the continuing issues for the community.  

As editor at large at ACLU of Michigan, Curt Guyette writes about issues including emergency management to open government. He previously served as ACLU of Michigan’s interim media liaison and investigative reporter. Earlier in his career, Guyette worked as a print journalist for more than 30 years, the last 18 of which were spent at the Metro Times, an alternative newsweekly based in Detroit. He is the recipient of several local, state, and national journalism awards.  

Lindsey Smith helps lead the Michigan Public Radio’s Amplify Team, which connects people living in Michigan with the resources and information they need to thrive. She previously served as Michigan Public's morning news editor, investigative reporter, and West Michigan reporter. Her 2015 documentary about the Flint water crisis, Not Safe to Drink, won the station a national Edward R. Murrow Award, an Alfred I. duPont – Columbia University Award, and a Third Coast/Richard H. Driehaus Award. 

Guyette and Smith will answer questions from the audience, and the talk will be moderated by a communication faculty member. The event is free and open to the public. 

About the Caulfield Lecture: 
Now in its 34th year, the Caulfield Lecture series at Loyola was established by the family of Clarence J. Caulfield, a 1922 graduate who spent 26 years as an editor at The Baltimore Sun and was a mentor to such prominent writers as J. Anthony Lukas and Russell T. Baker. Hosted by the communication department, the Caulfield Lecture brings journalists and commentators of national stature to Loyola every year.