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Analyst Program Speaker Series to feature Wall Street Journal reporter

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Posted on Wednesday, April 5, 2023

The Westminster College Analyst Program’s Speaker Series will host Katherine Blunt, energy reporter for the Wall Street Journal and author of “California Burning” in a virtual discussion at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 20. 

Blunt, who is based in San Francisco, will discuss her recent best-selling book “California Burning: The Fall of Pacific Gas and Electric—and What It Means for America’s Power Grid.” 

Much of Blunt’s work has focused on wildfires, drought and other challenges facing utilities in the West. Her coverage of Pacific Gas and Electric was a finalist for the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting and earned a Gerald Loeb Award, the highest honor in business reporting.

Prior to joining the Wall Street Journal, Blunt worked for the Houston Chronical and the San Antonio News-Express. She earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and history from Elon University in Elon, N.C. 

This event is co-sponsored by the Westminster College Analyst Program and the Westminster College History Alumni Advisory Council. 

The event is free and open to the public and will be held via Zoom. Reservations are due by Wednesday, April 19. To obtain a link, please register here.

The Analyst Program Speaker Series hosts a variety of events and speakers—including executives, academics, and other experts in a wide range of fields—to support students participating in Westminster’s Analyst Program and the broader campus community.

For more information about the event, please contact Jamie Offutt at