The Pulitzer Prizes announced Wednesday that journalist and Pulitzer Prize-winner Dana Canedy will be the next administrator of the annual journalism competition. She’s the first woman and the first person of color to serve in the role.
Canedy replaces Mike Pride, who retires at the end of the month after three years in the role.
“Dana Canedy’s sterling qualifications speak for themselves,” said Gene Robinson, a Washington Post columnist and the Pulitzer Prize Board chair, in a press release. “At a time when media organizations are adapting to technologies and the epithet ‘fake news’ is brandished as a weapon, Canedy’s experience, energy, integrity and passion will help the Board focus on its vital mission: identifying and celebrating the best in American journalism and arts and letters.”
Candey previously worked as a senior editor at The New York Times. She was a lead reporter on “How Race Is Lived in America,” which won the Pulitzer in 2001.