Joann Byrd retired June 2, 2003, after six years as the editorial page editor at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
From June 1992 to June 1995, she was ombudsman at The Washington Post, and had been executive editor of The Herald, Everett, WA, for 12 years.
After getting a master's in philosophy, Joann taught journalism ethics at the University of Washington and the Poynter Institute for Media Studies. She was chair of the American Society of Newspaper Editors Ethics and Values Committee, and is primary creator of The Ethics Tool, a decision-making procedure for journalists, posted on the Poynter website.
She is writing a book about the Heppner, Oregon, flood of 1903.
Joann Byrd joined the Pulitzer Board in 1999. She co-chaired the 2008 Pulitzer Prize Board.