Joe Starita

Joe Starita will receive IABC Lincoln’s 2013 Leader in Communication Award Nov. 14 at a luncheon at Wilderness Ridge.

Starita has written three books on American Indian history and culture including “I Am a Man: Chief Standing Bear’s Journey for Justice,” chosen for One Book-One Lincoln in 2011 and One Book One Nebraska in 2012. Other books include “The Dull Knives of Pine Ridge,” a triumph and and moving story about a Lakota-Northern Cheyenne family that garnered a Pulitzer Prize nomination, and “A Day in the Life,” a panorama of the 76,000 fans that populate Memorial Stadium every Saturday in the fall.

In July 2011, Starita received the Leo Reano Award, a national civil rights award, from the National Education Association for his work with the Native American community. In 2012 he received the Literary Heritage Award, which recognizes a writer who promotes excellence in writing and literature in Nebraska. 

Starita joined the journalism faculty in 2000.  He spent 13 years at the Miami Herald where he served as the paper’s New York bureau chief from 1983-1987. He also spent four years on the Herald's Investigations Team, where he specialized in stories exposing unethical doctors and lawyers. One of those stories, an article examining how impoverished and illiterate Haitians were being used to extort insurance companies into settling bogus auto claims, was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in local reporting.

The Leader in Communication Award, given annually since 1999, recognizes outstanding communication skills. Previous recipients include Dr. Steve Joel, Bob Kerrey, Chuck Hagel, Ted Kooser, Scott Young and Christy Hinrichs.