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Paul Gigot elected chair of the Pulitzer Prize Board

Paul Gigot, the editorial page editor and vice president of The Wall Street Journal, has been elected chair of the Pulitzer Prize Board.

Gigot succeeds Danielle Allen, a scholar and author who is the incoming director of the Edmund J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University. The Pulitzer Board chairmanship is a one-year appointment. Board members serve a maximum of nine years.

Gigot’s career at The Wall Street Journal spans 35 years. He has held his current position since 2001. He is responsible for the newspaper's editorials, op-ed articles, arts criticism and book reviews. -- 05/04/2015

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2015 Pulitzer Winners and Nominated Finalists

2015 Pulitzer Prizewinners and Nominated Finalists were announced at 3pm, Monday, April 20, 2015, at Columbia University in New York City.

Winners' biographies and photos are available, along with winning stories, columns, editorials, photos and cartoons, in all 14 Journalism categories. Synopses of winning books, and samples from winners in drama and music are also available. Work by Journalism finalists will be posted in the coming weeks. -- 04/20/2015

video of Pulitzer Administrator Mike Pride's announcement of the 2015 winners

Pulitzer winners celebrate!

J.P. Browning, publisher of The Post and Courier hugs reporter Doug Pardue (left), after learning the paper had been awarded the 2015 Public Service Prize. The Public Service gold medal, along with 14 other Prizes, will be awarded at a luncheon ceremony at Columbia University on May 28th.

Reporters Doug Pardue, Glenn Smith, Jennifer Berry Hawes and Natalie Caula Hauff worked on the Prizewinning series, Till Death Do Us Part, "a riveting series that probed why South Carolina is among the deadliest states in the union for women and put the issue of what to do about it on the state’s agenda."

Adam Zyglis (right) is toasted by Buffalo News staffers, including managing editor Brian Connolly.

Zyglis was awarded the 2015 Pulitzer Prize in Editorial Cartooning for using "strong images to connect with readers while conveying layers of meaning in a few words. “My head is spinning, I can’t believe it,” Zyglis said.

The Buffalo News staff was also a finalist in the Breaking News Reporting category for its coverage of November 2014 snowstorms.

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Next up: "100 Years of Pulitzer"

From the Dallas Morning News Editorial:
"Once a year, journalists gather in newsrooms nationwide, as they did last week, to learn the winners of the annual Pulitzer Prizes and pop champagne corks for awards received. This year, winning journalism ranged from coverage of domestic violence in South Carolina to Secret Service security lapses at the White House to a killer Washington state mudslide — and more...

"Cities, schools, universities, museums, libraries, community centers, festivals, organizations and book clubs are invited to join in the Pulitzer Prize Centennial Campfires Initiative, a $1.5 million project developed by the Pulitzer Board in partnership with the Federation of State Humanities Councils.

"Options abound, and grants are available for lectures, discussions and programs involving past winners. Think Faulkner, Hemingway, Steinbeck, Harper Lee, Frost, Sandburg, Mailer, Updike, Tennessee Williams, Eudora Welty, plus contemporary writers. Consider musicians, writers of commentary, criticism." -- 04/29/2015

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Prizes to launch national "Campfires Initiative" to celebrate 2016 Centennial

The Pulitzer Prize Board, in preparation for the 100th awarding of the Prizes in 2016, is launching a $1.5-million national initiative to ignite broad engagement with the journalistic, literary and artistic values they represent.

The project, called the Pulitzer Prize Centennial Campfires Initiative, will generate grassroots events and conversations across the country throughout 2016 about the impact of journalism and the humanities on our lives and times, illuminating their value to public life today and imagining their future.

"We intend to reach diverse audiences, using Campfire events to foster invigorating discussions – much as actual campfires create circles of conversation – both in person and through social media,” said Joyce Dehli, Pulitzer Prize Board member and chair of the Campfires Initiative. “We also hope to inspire new generations of practitioners." -- 03/30/2015

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Pulitzer Prizes expand eligibility in Feature and Investigative categories

The Pulitzer Prizes in journalism, which honor the work of American newspapers and news sites, have expanded eligibility for two prize categories, Investigative Reporting and Feature Writing, to include many online and print magazines, the Pulitzer Prize Board announced today.

"After a considered review and discussion, we are adopting these changes in a spirit of experimentation, rooted in a commitment to the enduring values of great journalism," said Danielle Allen, chair of the Pulitzer Prize Board. "We have chosen to focus our evolution on investigative reporting because of its relevance to public life and feature writing because of its emphasis on literary merit." -- 12/08/2014

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Mike Pride elected Pulitzer Prize administrator

Mike Pride, the former editor of the Concord Monitor who led his small New Hampshire newspaper to national prominence and served as co-chair of the Pulitzer Prize Board, has been named administrator of the Pulitzer Prizes.

The appointment, effective Sept. 1, was announced by the Pulitzer Board and by Lee C. Bollinger, president of Columbia University, where the prestigious prizes in journalism, letters, drama and music are administered.

Pride succeeds Sig Gissler, 78, former editor of The Milwaukee Journal and Columbia Journalism School faculty member, who will retire Aug. 1 after 12 years as administrator.

Pride, 67, became editor of the Monitor in 1983 after serving as managing editor. Under his leadership the Monitor won the New England Newspaper of the Year Award 19 times, as well as numerous national awards for excellence. The paper was cited by Time magazine and the Columbia Journalism Review as one of the best papers in the country. In 2008, the Monitor won the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography.-- 07/01/2014

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