Pulitzer Prize Winning Writer Visits Holbrook

Niall Horgan, Staff Writer

Stephen Kurkjian is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who recently came and spoke to members of The Holbrook Hub. He spoke about his experience with The Boston Globe and the seventeen years he spent investigating the art heist at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. He was invited to speak by school librarian, Mrs. Christine Golden.

Kurkjian was a member of The Boston Globe’s Spotlight Team. He played a major part throughout the team’s history. There are a couple of well known scenes from the recent movie “Spotlight” that Kurkjian was a part of in real life.

To this day, he is still reporting on the 1990 art heist from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, which is considered the largest art heist in history. Many are still working to find the art that was stolen. The reward was recently raised from 5 million dollars to 10 million dollars, but time is running out as the offer expires December 31st, 2017.

Kurkjian also shared some advice about the power of writing and uncovering the truth. He explained how important it is to get to know the people that you are interviewing. If you can connect with the person you are interviewing, you’re more likely to get open and honest answers. Some people will not be as forthcoming, but it’s necessary to convince them that telling the truth is the right thing to do.