New York, NY (May 6, 2009)—Anders Gyllenhaal, executive editor of The Miami Herald and longtime advocate of newspaper experimentation and online journalism, has been appointed chair of the Pulitzer Prize Board, Columbia University announced today.
A member of the Board since 2001, Gyllenhaal replaces Richard Oppel, former editor of the Austin American-Statesman. Board members serve a maximum of nine years.
At The Herald, Gyllenhaal is responsible for the news staff’s full range of activities, from print and online to radio and Web television. In 2007, he returned to The Herald, where he had worked for 12 years as a reporter, investigative team member and city desk editor. From 2002 to 2007, he was editor of the Star Tribune in Minneapolis and was executive editor of The News & Observer in Raleigh for seven years before that.
Gyllenhaal (pronounced Jill-in-hall) has been a leader in online development in each of his newsrooms. The News & Observer was among the first newspapers in the country to develop an ambitious online strategy in the early 1990s. Under his direction, the Star Tribune launched a widely praised remake of its digital site and The Herald remade its primary Web site this year and has launched a series of successful online niche publications.
As an editor, Gyllenhaal has emphasized experimentation. Four years ago, he undertook a joint project with Northwestern University to test a newspaper for young readers. He also has developed one the nation’s most aggressive newspaper-partnership strategies. In its home state during the past year, The Herald launched news partnerships with the South Florida Sun-Sentinel and The Palm Beach Post, and developed a merged Tallahassee bureau with the St. Petersburg Times to cover state government.
Under Gyllenhaal’s leadership, newsroom staff members have won numerous awards, including being named finalists for the Pulitzer Prize five times and winning twice. Over the past seven years, while working for newspapers owned by the McClatchy Company, he has seen his newsrooms awarded an unbroken string of President’s Awards, the twice-annual award for excellence bestowed by the newspaper group.
A graduate of George Washington University, Gyllenhaal chairs the Knight Center for Specialized Journalism and is a member of the Journalism Advisory Board at Elon University in North Carolina. He has been a long-time advocate for press freedom and access and served as chairman of the Freedom of Information Committee for the American Society of News Editors.
Anders and his wife, Beverly, a syndicated columnist and author, live in Coral Gables. They have two college-age children, Sam and Grey. In his free time, Gyllenhaal plays banjo with the New River Boys, a long-time South Florida bluegrass group.
The 2009 Pulitzer Prizes were announced on April 20 and an awards ceremony honoring this year’s winners will take place on May 28 at Columbia University.