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.
"Mike Pride is the ideal candidate to take the Pulitzer Prizes into
their next phase," said Danielle Allen, a professor of social science at
the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, N.J., and the Pulitzer
Board chair who led the search committee that tapped Pride. "He is
committed to a free press and community journalism as pillars of
democracy. He is a warm person of sound judgment and inspiring
creativity. His deep experience with the Prizes equips him brilliantly
to help us navigate the new while also steering a course true to our
President Bollinger, whose father was a small town newspaper
publisher in Oregon and California, said: "There’s no greater honor for
Columbia, where our Journalism School was founded by Joseph Pulitzer,
than to administer the iconic prizes he also established here nearly a
century ago for excellence in American journalism, arts and letters. In
Mike Pride, the Pulitzer Board has found a worthy successor to the
admired Sig Gissler. Mike has not only been a member and chair of the
Board, but the Concord Monitor earned its own Pulitzer during
his extraordinary editorial leadership. We much look forward to
welcoming him to our campus community in the years ahead."
In addition to Allen and Bollinger, the search committee consisted of Pulitzer Board members Paul Gigot, editorial page editor, The Wall Street Journal, and Steve Coll, dean of the Journalism School; Paul Tash, chairman and CEO of the Tampa Bay Times,
the immediate past chair of the Pulitzer Board; and Ann Marie Lipinski,
curator of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University, a
former Board member who served as counsel to the committee.
Pride joined the Pulitzer Board in 1999 and served as co-chair in
2008, his final year on the body. He also served four times as a
Pulitzer juror, twice as a jury chair. "I am deeply honored to have
been chosen as administrator," Pride said. "I will serve the Pulitzer
Board in every way possible to carry out its mission of identifying and
celebrating excellence in American journalism, arts and letters.” (See appended full statement by Pride.)
Pride retired from the Monitor in 2008 but returned in 2014
to serve briefly as editor during a management transition. He retired
again in May of 2014 but still writes columns for the paper.
A graduate of the University of South Florida, Pride served as a
Russian linguist in the Army during the late 1960s. He began his
journalism career as a sports writer at the Tampa Tribune and later served as city editor of the Clearwater Sun and the Tallahassee Democrat.
Pride, a former Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, has won numerous
awards. In 1987, he was named the National Press Foundation's Editor of
the Year for directing the Monitor's coverage of the Challenger
disaster and death of New Hampshire school teacher Christa McAuliffe.
In 1997, Pride won the Yankee Quill Award for contributions to New
A lover of history and poetry, Pride is the co-author of My Brave Boys, a Civil War history, and Too Dead to Die,
the memoir of a Bataan Death March survivor. Pride has taught a
presidential politics course at Gettysburg College and has also been a
lecturer and tour guide at the college's Civil War Institute. In 2005,
2008 and 2010 he was a Hoover Media Fellow at Stanford University.
A former chairman of the Small Newspapers Committee of the American
Society of News Editors, Pride also served on the society’s writing
awards board. He is a member of the Elijah Parish Lovejoy Award
committee at Colby College in Waterville, Maine.
Edward (Bud) Kliment, who has been deputy administrator since 1994,
will serve as acting administrator during the month before Pride begins
his tenure on Sept. 1.
The administrator's office works with the Board on a wide range of activities, including selection of juries, prize deliberations, committee work and arranging the twice-annual meetings of the Board, which chooses the winners each April.