|Born||Tomas Alexander Tizon
|Occupation||Author, Professor (University of Oregon)|
|Citizenship||United States and Philippines|
|Notable works||Big Little Man|
Jefferson Fellowship, 1998Pulitzer Prize in Investigative Journalism, 1997
Alex Tizon is an American author and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist. His book Big Little Man, a memoir and cultural history, explores themes related to race, masculinity, and personal identity. He teaches at the University of Oregon.
Tizon was born Tomas Alexander Tizon in Manila, Philippines, the second of nine children. He immigrated with his family in 1964 as part of the first big wave of Asian immigration to the United States in the modern era. His childhood was marked by financial hardship and constant moving. Through twelve grades, he attended eight schools from Honolulu to New York City. He earned degrees from the University of Oregon and Stanford.
As a reporter for the Seattle Times, he and two colleagues won the 1997 Pulitzer Prize in Investigative reporting for a five-part series about fraud and mismanagement in the Federal Indian Housing Program. He was only the second Philippine-born journalist to win a Pulitzer. The first was Carlos Romulo in 1949.
After the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Tizon and photographer Alan Berner drove from Seattle to Ground Zero in New York City, chronicling their journey with a multi-part series called "Crossing America – Dispatches From a New Nation," which explored the changes brought upon by the attacks. In 2002, he and Berner made another trip to Ground Zero, this time taking a southern route, and produced the series, "Crossing America – One Year Later."
Big Little Man
He expands upon his journalistic themes—exiles, immigrants, social outcasts, people searching for identity or purpose—in a personal way in his book Big Little Man: In Search of My Asian Self. Tizon tells his own story as a first-generation immigrant and an Asian male growing up in the United States to examine cultural mythologies related to race and gender, in particular the Western stereotypes of Asian men and women. The book won the 2011 J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize Work-In-Progress Award, sponsored by Columbia University and the Nieman Foundation at Harvard.
- "The 1997 Pulitzer Prize Winners: Investigative Reporting" The Pulitzer Prizes. 1997. Accessed May 12, 2014.
- "Big Little Man: In Search of my Asian Self". Publishers Weekly. Reviewed on March 10, 2014. Accessed May 12, 2014.
- "Alex Tizon: Assistant Professor in Journalism." University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communications. Accessed May 12, 2014.
- Chuck Taylor. "Times Wins Two Pulitzer Prizes -- Boeing, Tribal Housing Stories Earn Awards" The Seattle Times. April 7, 1997. Accessed May 12, 2014.
- "Carlos P. Romulo Wikipedia Page" Wikipedia. Accessed May 17, 2014.
- Chip Scanlan. "The Power of Serendipity: Alex Tizon’s Journey" Poynter. Published July 31, 2002, Updated Mar. 2, 2011. Accessed May 18, 2014.
- Alex Tizon. "Crossing America: One Year Later" the Seattle Times August 25 - September 15, 2002. Accessed May 18, 2014.
- "Alex Tizon: Knight International Journalism Fellow, Philippines" ICFJ 30 Years, International Center for Journalists Advancing Quality Journalism Worldwide. 2013. Accessed May 17, 2014.
- Arlene Morgan and Clare Oh. "Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism and the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard Announce Winners of the 2011 Lukas Prize Project Awards for Exceptional Works of Nonfiction" Columbia Journalism School. Page 2. Accessed May 17, 2014.
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