Getting (Close to) a Pulitzer


Steve Fainaru
  • Steve Fainaru
Not sure if anything in the Weekly has ever been up for a Pulitzer Prize, though rumor is 2010 is going to be our year. (What? You haven't heard that rumor?)

But citydesk is planning on hitting up 2008 Pulitzer winner Steve Fainaru next week when he comes to Boise State to ponder the idea: "What would happen if there was a war and nobody covered it."

Fainaru won the top journo prize for his Washington Post series on private contractors in Iraq.

Of course, that is not such a far-fetched idea. There are plenty of wars, including our unmanned drone-fought war in Pakistan and wars across Africa that barely get covered. And then there are the secret wars in which private companies do our nation's bidding and we provide them with tax-payer supported prostitutes and strippers.

Fainaru, who has been writing about violence along the Mexican border, will speak at 7 p.m. on Feb. 16 in the Morrison Center. His lecture is free and open to the public.