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Journalist To Share Tales Of His Work At The University Of Bridgeport

Lennie Grimaldi
Lennie Grimaldi Photo Credit: University of Bridgeport

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- The University of Bridgeport’s College of Public and International Affairs will host veteran journalist and public-relations consultant Lennie Grimaldi from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Tuesday.

He will discuss “War Stories from the Road: Trump and More.”

The event is at the Discovery Pavilion in the Wahlstrom Library, 126 Park Ave., Bridgeport. Hear about Donald Trump, "Exorcist" star Linda Blair, mob infiltrator Billy Chase, wise guys, Hells Angels and the FBI.

There will be colorful tales about Connecticut characters who add spice to the Nutmeg State, too, as Grimaldi reaches back to share 40 years of stories as a working journalist and public-relations consultant.

“We’re excited to bring the real-world experience of Mr. Grimaldi to campus,” said College of Public and International Affairs Dean Thomas Ward. The event is organized by College of Public and International Affairs mass communications professor Susan Katz, who has worked closely with Grimaldi for more than 25 years on commercial and political campaigns.

Grimaldi is an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in hundreds of newspapers and magazines, including the New York Times, TV Guide, Yankee Magazine and Connecticut Magazine. He is the founder and host of the webzine Only in Bridgeport, devoted to government and politics in Connecticut’s largest city. Grimaldi is the author of Bow Tie Banker, a biography of David Carson, the retired CEO of Peoples Bank, and Chased, the life of mob infiltrator Billy Chase. He is also the author of "Connecticut Whistle Stops: Greenwich to New Haven and Only In Bridgeport."

He brings a wide array of corporate communications and public-relations experience. His clients have included Wal-Mart and Donald Trump, for whom he handled communications during the hotly debated casino expansion issue before the Connecticut Legislature. Grimaldi directed a crisis-management campaign on behalf of the City of Bridgeport in the aftermath of the L’Ambiance building collapse that took 28 lives. He served as senior campaign adviser to Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim in the 1990s.

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