WJI Buzz - Drake, Hume, Pfingsten, Wooding

Mar 20, 2012

Robert Drake taught world and life view for years to our journalism students. A prominent pastor and religious leader in Western North Carolina, he has degrees from Bethel University, Western Kentucky University and Westminster Theological Seminary. His book World and Life explores facets of human experience such as religion, theology, culture, pleasures, demons, and more, presenting each in light of the biblical perspective of Creation, Fall, Redemption. If you would like a complimentary copy of this book, let us know where to send it.

Brit Hume (Fox News) is one of the journalists scheduled to speak at WJI's annual Top Grads Conference, in Washington, D.C., October 4-6. Applications are being accepted now for this conference, which is limited to fifteen WJI graduates. The conference will feature one-on-one mentoring by Russ Pulliam (Indianapolis Star) Mindy Belz (World), Lee Pitts (World), and Les Sillars (Patrick Henry). Other speakers include Ross Douthat (New York Times), Mark Tapscott (Washington Examiner), Claudia Anderson (Weekly Standard), Andrew Ferguson (Weekly Standard), Carl Cannon (RealClearPolitics.com), and Fred Barnes (Weekly Standard).

Tom Pfingsten ('03) will launch a nonprofit long-form journal, TheSouthwest.org, later this year with a classmate from U.S.C., where he earned his M.A. in Specialized Journalism in 2010. For the journal's first story, Pfingsten is retracing the steps of the Bataan Death March in the Philippines and interviewing survivors to commemorate the 70th anniversary of that war crime. (For more information, go tokck.st/w8d1k5. His profile of one California survivor can be found at bit.ly/x80JW1.) Pfingsten is also a graduate of California State University and can be reached at tom.pfingsten@gmail.com.

Dan Wooding (speaker '02-04) received, on behalf of the ASSIST News Service, which he founded 20 years ago, the fourth annual “Passion for the Persecuted” award from Open Doors USA. Then, the spring 2012 issue of Plain Truth magazine has named Wooding as one of its “Newsmakers of 2011.” Wooding is also the author of some 44 books, two of his most recent being his autobiography, From Tabloid to Truth, and his first novel, a thriller called Red Dagger, which is partly based in Gaza. He also has a radio show called Front Page Radio and an Internet TV show called His Channel Live. Wooding can be reached at Danjuma1@aol.com.

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