Keven Ann Willey, a native of Washington, D.C., became vice president and editorial page editor of The Dallas Morning News in November 2002. Her editorial department’s successful four-year campaign to amend the state constitution to require legislators to publicly record their votes by name was a finalist for the 2008 Pulitzer Prize in editorial writing. Willey received the 2007 Mayborn Award for Community Service from the Texas Daily Newspaper Association and the 2007 James Madison Award from the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas for the recorded votes effort. Those editorials also won the 2004 Scripps Howard Foundation National Journalism Award for Distinguished Service to the First Amendment.
Willey attended the University of Arizona and studied briefly in Europe and in Guadalajara, Mexico. She spent the majority of her college career at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, where she graduated magna cum laude in 1980 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism with emphasis in political science and Spanish. She is a 2001 graduate of the Management Development Program sponsored by the Kellogg Graduate School of Management and the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. She was named a Hoover Fellow at Stanford University.
Willey began her journalism career at The Associated Press in Phoenix, and later in 1980 joined The Arizona Republic in Phoenix. She spent 1987 to 1988 covering the presidential campaign and has covered eight national political conventions. Willey became The Republic’s political columnist in 1989 and was named editorial page editor in 1998. Under her direction The Republic’s editorial pages were twice named finalists for the Pulitzer Prize.
A 2008 Pulitzer Prize jurist, Willey was the 2006 to 2007 president of the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors, a statewide organization of newspaper editors, and is a former board member of the National Conference of Editorial Writers. She is currently a board member of the SMU Tate Lecture Series and a member of the World Affairs Council of Dallas-Fort Worth.
In years past, Willey won many awards for news writing, column writing and editorial writing, including an award from The Associated Press Managing Editors. She is a former president of the First Amendment Coalition of Arizona and a founding board member of First Amendment Funding Inc. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, and she has been featured on PBS, NPR, CNN, C-SPAN and numerous other television and radio stations nationwide.
Keven Ann Willey joined the Pulitzer Prize Board in 2009.