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June 24, 2007  Guest – Judith Valente
Nourishing Your Soul

Judith Valente is an awarding-winning print and broadcast journalist, poet and essayist.

She began her work in journalism at the age of 21 as a staff reporter for The Washington Post. She later joined the staff of The Wall Street Journal, reporting from that paper's Chicago and London bureaus. She was twice a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, first in the public service category as part of a team of reporters at The Dallas Times Herald investigating airline safety in the 1980's. In 1993, she was a finalist in the Pulitzer in the feature writing category for her front page article in The Wall Street Journal, chronicling the story of a religiously conservative father caring for his son dying of AIDS.

For the past eight years, Ms. Valente has been a regular contributor to the national PBS-TV news program Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly. She has won eight broadcast awards for her work on the show. She is also a commentator for National Public Radio and Chicago Public Radio where she covers religion, interviews poets and authors, and is a guest essayist. She is also a segment producer for the Hallmark Channel program, “New Morning.”

Ms. Valente has won numerous awards for her poetry. In 2004, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Mary Oliver selected her poetry chapbook, “Inventing An Alphabet,” for the national Aldrich Poetry Prize. She was awarded a Jo-Anne Hirshfield Poetry Award in 2005 for her poem “Body & Soul” and an Illinois Arts Council Poetry Award in 2003 for her poem, “Green” She was a finalist in 2004 for the Emily Dickinson Prize from Universities West Press.

    Listen to selected poems from Twenty Poems to Nourish Your Soul:
        - Conjugating   MP3 | RealPlayer Stream

        - Juvenile Day Poem  MP3 | RealPlayer Stream


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