Author and award-winning Los Angeles Times reporter Sonia Nazario will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, in the auditorium of O’Shaughnessy Educational Center on the St. Paul campus of the University of St. Thomas.

The program features Toni Randolph, news editor at Minnesota Public Radio, speaking with Nazario on the topic of immigration.

Sonia Nazario

This is the first talk in Minnesota Public Radio’s 2012-13 Broadcast Journalist Series, which is co-sponsored by St. Thomas’ College of Arts and Sciences and its Communication and Journalism Department.

The talk is free, but tickets are required. Reserve them by going to this Minnesota Public Radio website.

Nazario has spent more than two decades reporting and writing about social issues, earning dozens of national awards. The newspaper series upon which her book Enrique’s Journey is based won the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing, the George Polk Award for International Reporting, and the Grand Prize of the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards.

The book and newspaper series recount the true story of a teenage boy from Honduras who sets off alone on a dangerous and illegal trip to find his mother in North Carolina. The book will be available for purchase and signing by Nazario after the talk.

Nazario grew up in Kansas and Argentina. She is a graduate of Williams College and has a master’s degree in Latin American studies from the University of California, Berkeley.

Nazario also will be the featured speaker at the ThreeSixty Journalism fundraiser on Friday evening, Nov. 2, at the School of Law on St. Thomas’ downtown Minneapolis campus.

Minnesota Public Radio’s Broadcast Journalist Series, now in its 17th year, commissions renowned journalists for a 24-hour residency four times a year. They share insights on their craft and issues that affect the world.