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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Oct. 15, 2010

Author Peg Tyre to speak at Northwest Oct. 20

Peg Tyre

Peg Tyre

MARYVILLE, Mo. - Prize-winning investigative reporter and author Peg Tyre is the featured guest for the fall Ploghoft Diversity Lecture at Northwest Missouri State University.

The lecture will begin at 8 p.m. Oct. 20 in the Mary Linn Auditorium of the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Tyre is the author of the widely praised book "The Trouble With Boys: A Surprising Report Card on Our Sons, Their Problems at School and What Parents & Educators Must Do," which became a New York Times best seller and won the prestigious Books For A Better Life Award in 2009.

"Educators, parents and others who attend will really enjoy hearing her views about the differences between boys and girls and how we can tap into those differences," Dr. Joyce Piveral, Northwest's interim dean of the College of Education and Human Services, said. "(Her book) has been a great avenue for me to understand those difference and rethink the perspectives I once had."

Tyre has spent two decades in journalism, writing for Newsweek, The New York Times, O, The Oprah Magazine and the Columbia Journalism Review. She spent three years as an on-air correspondent for CNN. She was part of a group of reporters who won a Pulitzer Prize and was twice nominated for a National Magazine Award. She has received two Clarion Awards.

Tyre has appeared to discuss her stories on "Today," "Good Morning America," "Fox & Friends," " Anderson Cooper 360°" and NPR. She has been featured as a keynote speaker at national education events and corporate conferences. She frequently conducts teacher training at public and private schools around the nation.

Currently, she is a Spencer Research Fellow at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and is working on another book. She lives in Brooklyn, N.Y., with her husband, novelist and television writer Peter Blauner and their two sons.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468