The Ottaway Journalism Program presents: Eyal Press on inequality and “essential workers,” Nov. 16

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The James H. Ottaway Sr. Visiting Professor of Journalism program invites all members of the New Paltz community to an evening with the author, journalist and sociologist Eyal Press on Tuesday, Nov. 16 at 5 p.m. in Science Hall room 181.

Press will speak about his new book, Dirty Work, and his reporting from the front lines of jobs and professions that society considers essential – from undocumented immigrants working in slaughterhouses, to military drone pilots who carry out targeted assassinations.

Following his talk, Press will meet with attendees and sign books in the lobby area outside the auditorium.

The event will also be livestreamed and recorded. Use this link to join the livestream when the event begins.

Eyal Press is a writer and journalist who contributes to The New Yorker, The New York Times and other publications.

This event marks a return to SUNY New Paltz for Press, who previously served as the 2016 Ottaway Visiting Professor. His seminar class and public lecture that term focused on preparing young journalists to report on the most divisive subjects in our society.

Read more about Press’s work at


About the James H. Ottaway Sr. Visiting Professorship

The James H. Ottaway Sr. Visiting Professorship, SUNY New Paltz’s only endowed professorship, was established in 2000 through the generosity of James H. Ottaway Jr. ’18 HON and Mary Ottaway ’70g (Elementary Education). It is named in honor of James Sr., the founder of Ottaway Newspapers, Inc., and a lifelong supporter of quality journalism in the Hudson Valley and across the globe.

The program has brought 20 exceptional journalists to work with New Paltz undergraduate students, including Pulitzer Prize winners, foreign correspondents, book authors, editors, investigative reporters and experts in finance, science and consumer journalism.

More information about the Ottaway Visiting Professorship, including biographies of previous professors, can be found at