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A Conversation with Rick Atkinson, Winner of the 2015 Peggy V. Helmerich Distinguished Author Award

Aired on Thursday, December 3rd.

Our guest on StudioTulsa today is the three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, author, and military historian Rick Atkinson, who is the recipient of this year's Peggy V. Helmerich Distinguished Author Award. (This prize is awarded annually by the Tulsa Library Trust.) Atkinson grew up a self-described "military brat" and began his writing career as a newspaper reporter in Pittsburgh, Kansas, and today he's perhaps best known for his bestselling "Liberation Trilogy" about the U.S. Army's role in the liberation of Europe during World War II. The first volume, "An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa, 1942-1943," was given the Pulitzer Prize in 2003. It was followed by "The Day of Battle: The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943-1944" in 2007 and "The Guns at Last Light: The War in Western Europe, 1944-1945" in 2013. Before becoming a full-time author and historian, Atkinson served as a reporter, foreign correspondent, and senior editor at The Washington Post for 20+ years. He'll be doing a free-to-the-public reading and book signing on Saturday the 5th at 10:30am at the Hardesty Regional Library (located here in Tulsa on East 93rd Street). More details about Atkinson's upcoming appearance in our community can be found here.

Rich Fisher passed through KWGS about thirty years ago, and just never left. Today, he is the general manager of Public Radio Tulsa, and the host of KWGS’s public affairs program, StudioTulsa, which celebrated its twentieth anniversary in August 2012 . As host of StudioTulsa, Rich has conducted roughly four thousand long-form interviews with local, national, and international figures in the arts, humanities, sciences, and government. Very few interviews have gone smoothly. Despite this, he has been honored for his work by several organizations including the Governor's Arts Award for Media by the State Arts Council, a Harwelden Award from the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa, and was named one of the “99 Great Things About Oklahoma” in 2000 by Oklahoma Today magazine.
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