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Steve Kurkjian

About Steve Kurkjian

Portrait of Steve KurkjianGuest speaker for Journalism Day brought to you by the Bladine Family

Steve Kurkjian is a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist at The Boston Globe and a founding member of The Globe’s famous “Spotlight’’ investigative team.

Following his retirement from The Globe in 2007, Kurkjian researched and wrote “Master Thieves: The Boston Gangsters Who Pulled Off the World's Greatest Art Heist” and has written extensively about the Armenian Genocide of 1915, a horrific massacre by the Ottoman Turkish empire which killed more than a million Armenians, including his grandfather, and drove countless others from their ancestral home in eastern Turkey.

Born and raised in Boston, Kurkjian is a product of the Boston public schools, including The Boston Latin School. He graduated from Boston University with a degree in English literature and Suffolk University Law School. He currently lives in Boston and is the father of two children – Erica Kurkjian Parrell, a public school teacher, and Adam, a sports reporter for The Boston Herald – as well as grandfather to three, Theodore, Jillian and Emily Parrell.

2022 NW Media Fest

Attend one of Kurkjian's sessions

"Telling the Story of the Biggest Art Heist in U.S. History"*

Wednesday, Nov. 9, 10:30 a.m.

Austin Reading Room, Nicholson Library

*Linfield community members with ID only

Kurkjian shares his experiences and process of writing "Master Thieves," the definitive book on the largest art heist in U.S. history.

"On the Record: How public records help journalists tell important stories"*

Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2:30 p.m.

Austin Reading Room, Nicholson Library

*Linfield community members with ID only

Kurkjian is joined by Therese Bottomly, editor and vice president of content for the Oregonian/OregonLive for a discussion about the roles and importance of public records requests.

"An Evening with Steve Kurkjian"

Wednesday, Nov. 9, 7 p.m.

Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium, Melrose Hall

Open to the public