Thursday, October 24, 2013

New York magazine writer kicks off Mass Communication Week at Texas State University

SAN MARCOS- Robert Kolker, New York Magazine contributor, traveled from the Big Apple to Texas State to discuss his career and new book with students Tuesday during Mass Comm Week.

Gilbert Martinez, a friend of Kolker and the Assistant Director in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, welcomed Kolker to the pedestal on Monday in Mc1313 lecture at 8 (a.m.).

Kolker worked for his high school newspaper and college publication. He majored in history at  Columbia University, graduating in 1991.

Although Kolker had an interest in journalism he wasn’t interested in being a reporter.

“Hard news did not interest me, I would skip the front section of the newspaper...I would often go to the art section,” said Kolker. 

He enjoyed writing movie reviews, but also knew he wanted to write for publications, no matter what the print was. 

Kolker bounced around jobs after college for a couple years and worked his way up to New York magazine. He started off as a secretary in a non-profit company, then hired at a junior level, writing narrative stories about “everyday people” for New York magazine.

Kolker has been working for New York magazine for over 15 years. He published his first non-fiction book, “Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery,” in the summer of 2013 Lost Girls shares narratives of five women working as Craigslist escorts from small towns who were mysteriously killed and were identified by their remains found near and along Oak Beach in New York.

Kolker didn’t want this book to be another cliche unsolved murder case. 

“I wanted this book to be not just a murder mystery and not just five women’s stories, but a story about class in America—a story not just about the divide between rich and poor but between the middle class and the working class,” Kolker said.

This story gets people thinking, because if the 5 victims were prestigious would the enforcement be more involved? 

“This case could of been solved maybe if she was in a different class because then maybe the police would of started looking for her perhaps earlier,” said Kristie Nakamura.

Texas Sate University now has students and faculty talking about Robert Kolker’s book premier. 

“Robert Kolker’s speech over his book, Lost girls, makes me want to buy and read to see what happens,” said Kylie Keller, Mass Comm Week attendee. 

Photo Taken By: Emily Lyons

                               "The process is far more important than the goal...Kolker said you have to brand yourself." 

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