David Baldacci honored as Virginian of the Year
Monday, March 24, 2003
The Virginia Press Association recently honored Virginia Commonwealth
University alumnus and Board of Visitors member David Baldacci as Virginian
of the Year.
Baldacci received the award at the annual Associated Press Dinner/Virginian
of the Year Banquet in Norfolk for his contributions to the state of Virginia
as well as his philanthropy throughout the country with organizations
such as the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the National Childhood
Cancer Foundation and the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy.
He has published eight novels. One of them, "Absolute Power,"
was made into a major motion picture starring Clint Eastwood and Gene
Hackman. Baldacci's other novels include "Total Control," "The
Winner," "The Simple Truth," "Saving Faith,"
"Wish You Well," "Last Man Standing" and the "Christmas
Train." More than 25 million copies of his books are in print worldwide
and have been national and international best sellers.
A Richmond-area native, Baldacci received his Bachelor of Science degree
in political science from VCU and his law degree from the University of
Virginia. He practiced law in Washington D.C. for nine years as both a
trial lawyer and corporate lawyer.
The Virginia Press Association has been honoring individuals as Virginian
of the Year since 1967. Past honorees include Arthur Ashe, Patricia Cornwell,
Sen. Harry Byrd, Gov. Mills Godwin, and Katherine Graham (posthumous).