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Veteran Journalist to Discuss 'Our Patchwork Nation: The Ozarks and the Road Ahead'

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Veteran journalist Dante Chinni (PBS NewsHour) will speak on "Our Patchwork Nation: The Ozarks and the Road Ahead" at 7:30 PM, January 24 in Meyer Library Room 101.

Chinni is project director of Patchwork Nation, an effort to get beyond the red/blue map of American politics by dividing the nation's 3,141 counties into 12 community types. Nixa, Missouri is the community the project chose to represent the country’s 468 or so Evangelical Epicenter counties. In the past, Chinni has worked for the Christian Science Monitor and Newsweek. Together with James Gimpel, he is the author of the newly released Our Patchwork Nation: The Surprising Truth About the "Real" America, The 12 Community Types That Make Up Our Nation (Gotham Books, 2010). The book includes an entire chapter on Nixa, Missouri.

Veteran journalist Dante Chinni has worked for the Christian Science Monitor, Newsweek, and the Project for Excellence in Journalism. He is native of a Detroit, Michigan area. He is project director of Patchwork Nation.

For more information on Chinni, see www.dantechinni.com

For more information on the project, see www.patchworknation.org