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Pulitzer-winning writer, UO professor Alex Tizon dead at 57

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and University of Oregon journalism professor Alex Tizon was found dead on Thursday, March 23, at the age of 57, the University of Oregon said.

An email sent to his students on Friday says that Tizon had “passed away in his sleep at his Eugene house.”

According to Eugene Police spokeswoman Melinda McLaughlin, his death was reported at 7:45 p.m.

Tizon, a first-generation immigrant from Manila, Philippines, started teaching journalism at the UO in 2011. In 1997, Tizon, along with two other Seattle Times reporters, won the 1997 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting for their five-part series debunking Federal Indian Housing Program’s corruption and mismanagement.

His book, Big Little Man: In Search of My Asian Self, tells Tizon’s story as a first-generation immigrant and his experience growing up in the United States as an Asian man. The book won the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize Work-In-Progress Award in 2011.

Tizon was a frequent contributor to the The Atlantic – his latest work, “In the land of missing persons: 2 families, 2 bodies and a vast Alaska wilderness,” was published in December 2016. 

— Tran Nguyen

A previous version of this article incorrectly listed Tizon's age as 58.