The 1996 Pulitzer Prize Winners

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Melanie Sill, 36, is editor for the Sunday paper and special projects at The News & Observer. Sill joined The N&O in 1982 as a feature writer and wrote enterprise stories from across the state until 1988, when she was promoted to assistant metro editor. Later, as deputy metro editor, she assigned and edited newsroom projects including "Children on the Edge," a series on North Carolina's failing juvenile justice system that won a number of state and national awards. She spent the 1993-94 academic year on leave from the paper as a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University and was promoted to her current position on her return to the newspaper.

Sill, born in Nebraska and raised in Hawaii, earned a degree in journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She lives in Raleigh.