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CBS National News, ‘60 Minutes’ Journalist Byron Pitts to Visit Ohio Wesleyan
Pitts, OWU Class of 1982, to Discuss, Sign Copies of New Book, ‘Step Out on Nothing,’ on Oct. 29

October 14, 2009

Byron Pitts ’82
Photo courtesy of Byron Pitts
DELAWARE, OH – Emmy Award-winning broadcast journalist and 1982 Ohio Wesleyan University graduate Byron Pitts will visit the campus Oct. 29 to discuss his life, his career as a correspondent for CBS National News and “60 Minutes,” and his time at Ohio Wesleyan—all of which are chronicled in his new book, “Step Out on Nothing: How Faith and Family Helped Me Conquer Life’s Challenges.”

Pitts will speak during a brown-bag lunch and sign copies of his book afterward. This special event will be held from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. in the Benes Rooms of Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave., Delaware. Copies of Pitts’ book will be available during the event. His remarks also will be streamed live online at stream.owu.edu/broadcasts/lecturesEvents/091029_pitts.html.

During his career, Pitts has reported on the September 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center, the Elian Gonzalez immigration case, Hurricane Katrina, the war in Iraq, and much more. At Ohio Wesleyan, he majored in journalism and speech communication. The magnitude of his achievements becomes even more clear when Pitts details the “life’s challenges” noted in the title of his memoir.

In “Step Out on Nothing,” released Sept. 29, Pitts writes about overcoming both functional illiteracy and speech problems. His candor in sharing these issues has drawn high praise from many of his contemporaries:

“If you have ever been told, ‘You can’t achieve your dreams,’ you need to read Step Out on Nothing,” CNN anchor Anderson Cooper says of the book. “Byron Pitts has used his remarkable skills as a reporter to reveal his most fascinating story to date—the story of his own life. It is a triumphant tale of faith and family, and one man’s determination to overcome seemingly impossible odds. This book will move you, inspire you, and make you look at your own difficulties in a whole new light.”

Ohio Wesleyan University is an undergraduate liberal arts college that transforms the lives of its students through a combination of rigorous academics, mentoring relationships, and real-world experiences. Featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” the private university’s 1,850 students come from 45 states and 39 countries. Visit www.owu.edu for more information.