Two journalists who won acclaim for their New York Times best-seller, “American Terrorist,” will speak Friday night as part of the Buffalo History Museum’s Giants of Buffalo program.
Dan Herbeck and Lou Michel, both reporters at The Buffalo News, collaborated on newspaper coverage of Oklahoma City bomber and Niagara County native Timothy McVeigh, and as co-authors of the book, which was published in 2001.
Michel and Herbeck also have distinguished themselves at The News over many years, winning multiple awards for their dogged and insightful investigative reporting on several subjects, earning the museum’s description of them as “giants of Buffalo journalism.”
They will share personal and professional stories on stage at the museum in an informal 90-minute talk-show format moderated by Robert J. McCarthy, Buffalo News political reporter, and John DiScuillo, director of production and promotion at WBBZ-TV. The audience will be invited to participate in the later portion of the program, which will be filmed for eventual broadcast on WBBZ-TV.
Herbeck and Michel donated copies of their book to the museum gift shop to sell, with all proceeds going to the museum.
In addition, for the museum research library, they donated Michel’s eyewitness account of McVeigh’s execution, a pre-publication copy of “American Terrorist,” a sampling of notes from the book, death-row letters from McVeigh to the reporters, and a transcript of his trial, as well as testimony of a federal agent who found anti-government documents in McVeigh’s car after the bombing.
The program includes a 6 p.m. cocktail reception with live music and seating for the talk at 7 p.m. in the museum, located at Elmwood Avenue and Nottingham Terrace. The cost is $10 for museum members, $20 for non-members, and $35 for VIP seating.