For Immediate Release
New York, N.Y. (May 10, 2012) -- Gregory Moore, editor of The Denver Post, and Thomas L. Friedman, bestselling author and foreign affairs columnist for The New York Times, have been elected co-chairs of the Pulitzer Prize Board, Columbia University announced today.
Both have served on the board since 2004. They replace co-chairs Jim Amoss, editor of The Times-Picayune in New Orleans; Kathleen Carroll, executive editor and senior vice president of The Associated Press; and Ann Marie Lipinski, curator of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard. Board members serve a maximum of nine years while a chair serves for only one year. The new co-chairs will share responsibilities over the course of the year.
Moore has been editor of The Post since coming to Denver in June 2002. He joined the newspaper after 16 years at The Boston Globe, the last eight as managing editor.
A Cleveland native, Moore graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1976 with a degree in journalism and political science. Later that year, he became a reporter for the Dayton (Ohio) Journal Herald and covered a number of beats, including city hall. In 1980, Moore returned to Cleveland, where he spent six years and covered county and city government before being named state political editor and then day city editor for the Plain Dealer.
The Boston Globe hired Moore in 1986 as a senior assistant city editor. He rose through the ranks, becoming city editor the following year, assistant managing editor for local news in 1989, deputy managing editor in 1991, and finally managing editor in 1994.
Under Moore’s editorship, The Post won Pulitzer Prizes for Feature Photography in 2010 and 2012 and for Editorial Cartooning in 2011. It also was a finalist for Breaking News Reporting in 2007, for its coverage of severe back-to-back blizzards, and for Investigative Reporting in 2007, for stories on the destruction of evidence in criminal cases.
In 1996, Moore was named Journalist of the Year by the New England Chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ). He is a former board member of NABJ and of the American Society of News Editors and has taught at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies and the American Press Institute. He is a former member of the Board of Trustees at Ohio Wesleyan University.
Moore is married to Nina Henderson Moore, an independent movie producer, and they have two daughters, Jasmine, 9, and Jaden, 8. He has a son, Michael Langston Moore, 28, from a previous marriage.
Thomas Friedman has won the Pulitzer Prize three times for his work at The New York Times.
A native of Minneapolis, he joined The Times in 1981. He served as the bureau chief in Beirut and Jerusalem and later as chief diplomatic correspondent, chief White House correspondent and chief economic correspondent in the Washington bureau. He became the paper’s foreign affairs columnist in 1995.
For his coverage of the Middle East, Friedman was twice awarded the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting -- in 1983 for reporting from Lebanon and in 1988 for reporting from Israel. He was awarded the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary for “his clarity of vision…in commenting on the worldwide impact of the terrorist threat.” In 2004, he was awarded the Overseas Press Club Award for lifetime achievement and the honorary title, Order of the British Empire (OBE), by Queen Elizabeth II.
Friedman is the author of From Beirut to Jerusalem, which won both the National Book and the Overseas Press Club Awards in 1989. The Lexus and the Olive Tree, winner of the 2000 Overseas Press Club Award for best nonfiction book on foreign policy. Longitudes and Attitudes: Exploring the World After September 11, issued in 2002, consists of columns Friedman published about September 11. The World is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century, issued in April 2005 and updated in 2006 and 2007, received the inaugural Goldman Sachs/Financial Times Business Book of the Year Award.
In 2008 he brought out Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution -- and How It Can Renew America, which was published in a revised edition a year later. His sixth and most recent book, That Used to Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back, co-written with Michael Mandelbaum, was released September 2011.
Friedman is a member of the Board of Trustees of Brandeis University. He served as a visiting lecturer at Harvard University in 2000 and 2005. He has been awarded honorary degrees from Brandeis University, Macalester College, Haverford University, the University of Minnesota, Williams College, Washington University in St. Louis, Hebrew Union College and Technion – Israel Institute of Technology and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Friedman lives in Bethesda, Maryland, with his wife, Ann, a first-grade reading teacher in the public school system in Montgomery County, Maryland. Their elder daughter, Orly, is also a public school teacher. Their younger daughter, Natalie, is finishing college.