Kolker, a print and online journalist at New York magazine, spoke about his career while giving insight about the field of journalism.
Kolker, a suburban New York native, wrote for numerous local publications before finding his job at New York magazine. One of which, being his high school newspaper, where he found his niche of narrative writing as opposed to the criminal writing that he now specializes in. Kolker explained why criminal journalism didn’t appeal to him in the early stages of his career.
“...I didn’t want to be an investigative reporter,” Kolker said. “I think I was intimidated by the idea... that I’d be following around a politician with a microphone along with 20 other people.”
Public Relations major Rachel Vargas said she valued his flexibility towards criminal journalism.
“I like the fact that he went from not wanting to do investigative journalism to that being his specialty,” Vargas said. “It was pretty cool that his mentality was able to change based on his surroundings and his opportunities.”
However, Kolker managed to stay connected with his narrative roots by writing the novel “Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery,” a novel based on the murders of six New York prostitutes. He expressed how his unbiased mindset helped his interviews with the family members of the six women.
“I try to be open…I’ve trained myself now not to do a lot of judging until I’m sitting down and writing,” Kolker said.
Texas State sophomore Tara Pohlmeyer said she found this part of his speech to be very insightful, as she was interested by his commitment to the story itself.
“I love his investigative journalism,” Pohlmeyer said. “…how he’s diving in with his book lost girls to…find these girls’ stories… it’s just really intriguing…and very inspiring.”
Koker’s visit was inspirational by many, and became a presentation that students would seldom forget.