Three journalism leaders named Pulitzer board co-chairs

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They are New Orleans Times-Picayune editor Jim Amoss, Associated Press executive editor Kathleen Carroll, and Nieman Foundation curator-designate Ann Marie Lipinski. All three have served on the board since 2003. They replace David Kennedy, a Stanford historian who recently completed his tenure. His co-chair, Bloomberg News executive editor Amanda Bennett, resigned from the board on Jan. 1 prior to the end of her term.

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Three Journalism Leaders Elected to Head Pulitzer Prize Board

New York, NY (May 12, 2011) — Three longtime leaders in American journalism have been elected co-chairs of the Pulitzer Prize Board, Columbia University announced today. They are 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, the former editor of the Chicago Tribune and the curator-designate of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard.

All three have served on the board since 2003. They replace David Kennedy, a Stanford historian who recently completed his tenure. His co-chair, Amanda Bennett, an executive editor at Bloomberg News, resigned from the board on Jan. 1 prior to the end of her term. 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.

More about the new Pulitzer co-chairs:

Jim Amoss

Amoss has been editor of The Times-Picayune since 1990. During his tenure as editor, the paper has won four Pulitzer Prizes, including the first in its 175-year history. Two of those, in Public Service and Local Reporting of Breaking News, were for the newspaper's 2005 coverage of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. Amoss and his newsroom stayed in New Orleans through the hurricane, evacuating in the back of newspaper delivery trucks after rising water made their building uninhabitable.

Amoss began his journalism career as a reporter for the New Orleans afternoon daily, The States-Item, specializing in investigative reporting. After a fellowship year in Paris at the Centre de Formation des Journalistes, he returned to New Orleans and joined the staff of The Times-Picayune. Among other stories, he covered the 1976 Guatemala earthquake, the investigation and federal trial of New Orleans’ Mafia boss, and the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Before becoming editor, he served as bureau chief, city editor and metro editor of The Times-Picayune.

Amoss is a member of the board of the American Society of News Editors, the board of the Yale Alumni Magazine and the Board of Visitors of the Manship School of Mass Communication at Louisiana State University. Although a native of New Orleans, Amoss grew up in Germany and Belgium. He graduated magna cum laude from Yale University and was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University.

Kathleen Carroll

At the Associated Press, Carroll is the top news executive of the world’s largest independent news agency. She is responsible for news content gathered by some 2,300 staffers working in more than 100 countries and distributed across all formats to a worldwide audience. Since 2004, she has led the AP through a major global restructuring so that 10 regional editing hubs around the globe now speed delivery of news once largely channeled from New York headquarters. She has striven to give AP coverage a new sophistication while meeting the evolving demands and capabilities of today’s multimedia formats.

In addition, she has been a leader in decision-making about vital security issues for journalists covering stories in war zones and other hostile environments and on challenges to journalistic access. She has led AP’s global focus on journalism that holds government officials accountable to the people they lead.

Since Carroll became the AP’s executive editor in 2002, the organization has twice won the Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography.

Before becoming executive editor, she was an editor and news executive with the Knight Ridder Washington Bureau and the AP in Washington, California, New Jersey and her native Texas. She also has worked at the International Herald Tribune, the San Jose Mercury News and the Dallas Morning News. She is on the board of the Committee to Protect Journalists.

Ann Marie Lipinski

Lipinski is the vice president for civic engagement and a senior lecturer at the University of Chicago. Recently she was named curator of the Nieman Foundation, a post she will assume this fall. She was the senior vice president and editor of the Chicago Tribune from February 2001 to July 2008. Prior to that, she served as its vice president and executive editor.
As a Tribune reporter, she won the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting in 1988 for a series of articles on corruption in the Chicago City Council. As editor of the paper, Lipinski oversaw the Tribune’s expansion of public service journalism, including a multi-year reporting effort that helped bring about a moratorium on the death penalty in Illinois. Under her leadership, the Tribune earned Pulitzers for International Reporting, Explanatory Reporting, Investigative Reporting, Feature Writing and Editorial Writing.
Lipinski is a graduate of the University of Michigan. She first came to the Tribune as an intern in the summer of 1978 and rose through the ranks to senior editorial posts, including associate managing editor for metropolitan news in 1991, deputy managing editor in 1994 and managing editor in 1995. In 1989, she was awarded a Nieman Fellowship for journalists, for which she spent a year at Harvard before returning to lead the Tribune’s investigative team.

Before joining the Pulitzer Board, Lipinski was a juror for the Pulitzer Prizes in 2001 and 2002. She has served on the board of visitors of the Poynter Institute, the University of Michigan Journalism Fellows program and the Stanford University Knight Journalism Fellows program. She is the chair of the University of Chicago Charter School Board and of the Lovejoy Prize selection committee. In addition, she serves on the boards of the University of Michigan Alumni Association, the Chicago Children’s Choir, and Court Theatre of Chicago

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