John Strohmeyer

John Strohmeyer
Writer in Residence, Department of Journalism and Public Communiction

PhD (Hon.), Lehigh University; MA, Columbia School of Journalism; BA, Muhlenberg College

Strohmeyer won a Pulitzer Traveling Fellowship for finishing first in his class at the Columbia School for Journalism and a Nieman Fellowship from Harvard University while a reporter for the Providence Journal. He has a Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing and in 1993 was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Leters degree from Lehigh University.

In 1984, Strohmeyer won a national competition for an Alicia Patterson Fellowship that enabled him to research and write a book about the rise and fall of the nation's steel industry. He has been listed in Who's Who in America and is profiled in a 1980 edition of Contemporary Authors.


 Crisis in Bethlehem: Big Steel's Struggle to SurviveCrisis in Bethlehem: Big Steel's Struggle to Survive

As editor of the Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Globe-Times from 1956 to 1984, Strohmeyer followed the steel industry from the height of its power through its decline. He evaluates the self-indulgence of both the unions and industry management and movingly describes the human agony caused by the failure of steel. His account is reinforced by over one hundred interviews with steelworkers, union leaders, steel executives, and industry analysts.

Extreme Conditions: Big Oil and the Transformation of Alaska Extreme Conditions: Big Oil and the Transformation of Alaska

An examination of the miseries brought to Alaska with the 1967 discovery of oil deposits at Prudhoe Bay. Strohmeyer captures the plight of the state's native peoples, thrust overnight into an economy that unmoored their traditional culture. He vividly conveys the engineering feats that built the pipeline and the union shenanigans that controlled its construction. He chronicles the stunning incompetence that resulted in - and followed - the Exxon Valdez spill, and the routine but even more deadly environmental threats posed by overfishing and by the insatiable appetite for development. Extreme Conditions is the unforgettable portrait of a state intoxicated by enormous sums of money that distorted its unique character and fueled expectations of unparalleled grandiosity.

Historic Anchroage: An Illustrated History Historic Anchorage: An Illustrated History

An illlustrated history of the largest metropolis in Alaska, its changes in character and growth over the last century. Gold exploration, railroad boom and bust, military occupation, air age discovery, oil fever, earthquakes, and finally massive oil wealth all figure into transforming this relatively recent wilderness site into a jewel of a city. Anchorage is celebrating over 300 years of rich history.