Journalist and author Byron Pitts gave some advice during a visit to Syracuse University. Pitts (along with Soledad O’Brien) will be part of “Conversation on Race in America” concert special that airs tonight on A&E Network and AOL.com.
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— sean kirst (@seankirst) October 14, 2015
Philly had Steve Lopez; Detroit had Mitch Albom; New York had Jimmy Breslin; and here in Syracuse, for nearly 30 years, we had Sean Kirst. He has been the kind of local journalist who, if we could somehow take soul out of his body, and convert it to an mp3 audio file, what you would hear, if you listened close, is the heartbeat of this city.
Today is Kirst’s last day at The Post Standard, and he will be truly missed.
We are not sure of the salary for a mid-sized city columnist these days, but when it comes to stepping up to the plate to represent the common man (or woman), and making a difference using the written word, Kirst is one of our best story-tellers, and he exitis as one of the richest men in town.
We read a post by CEO Gwen Webber McCleod recently that said African American women are starting businesses at a rate six times the national average, and employing almost 1.4 million people. Last week, WAER’s Mark Bialczak profiled journalists Victoria Coit and Vanessa Campbell and their efforts to launch a magazine here in Syracuse called CuseCulture.
They are planning a kick-off event June 25.
Special thanks to journalist/social media expert Sherri Williams for her comprehensive coverage of “The General Body” and “Stand with Baltimore” movements. Her work (in various forms), as it relates to the #Black Lives Matter Movement, is deserving of an award from the Syracuse Press Club.
We’ve seen him speak to community groups and interview celebrities, but deep down we think Sean Kirst is a griot, a storyteller. As a columnist/writer Kirst is a great mix of Gay Talese, Bob Greene and Pete Hamill, but at tonight’s TEDx event, he would have given six-figure keynote speakers such as Malcolm Gladwell a run for the money. In 20 minutes Kirst told what we think is possibly the most memorable tale (minus scandal) we’ve heard pertaining to this region.
Do yourself a favor, when they post the video, make sure to check out “At the Lighthouse…”