FANWOOD/SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The College Club of Fanwood-Scotch Plains welcomes lifetime newspaperman and a 2013 Pulitzer Prize finalist in news commentary, Mark Di Ionno on Monday, Jan. 18, 2016, at 7:45 p.m.

The veteran journalist will share his groundbreaking news stories on topics such as Hurricane Sandy, and the resignation of Gov. Jim McGreevey that have played a role in his career in journalism. Di Ionno is a four-time winner of the New Jersey Press Association’s first-place award for column writing. His columns appear regularly in The Star-Ledger and

Di Ionno began his career in sports and was a columnist at the New York Post, where he broke many stories, including parts of baseball’s case against Pete Rose and the undoing of Mike Tyson. 

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Prior to becoming a columnist at the Star-Ledger, he was of the principal editors involved in the paper’s 2005 Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of Gov. McGreevey’s abrupt resignation and the 2001 Pulitzer finalist coverage of the Seton Hall fire. He is the author of three award-winning nonfiction books that include New Jersey’s Coastal Heritage, and A Guide to New Jersey’s Revolutionary War Trail, which received the New Jersey Academic Alliance Award.

Mr. Di Ionno's first novel and most recent publication is The Last Newspaperman, which along with his Revolutionary War book, made NJ 350’s “101 Greatest New Jersey Books.’’ The novel was also a finalist in USA Books and ForeWord Reviews “Best of 2012” contests.

Please join us to hear about the interesting career in journalism of Mark Ionno. The program is free and open to the public and will start at 7:45 p.m. It will be held at The Chelsea (295 South Ave.) in Fanwood. Refreshments will be.e served.