Amanda Bennett Joins Pulitzer Board

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(AP) Amanda Bennett, editor of the Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader, has been elected to the board that awards Pulitzer Prizes, Columbia University President George Rupp announced Wednesday.

Columbia oversees the awards, journalism’s highest honor, under the will of publisher Joseph Pulitzer. The winners for 2002 were announced April 8.

Bennett, 49, became editor of the Herald-Leader last year after serving as a managing editor of The Oregonian of Portland. She directed the team whose reporting on the Immigration and Naturalization Service was part of the entry that won The Oregonian the Pulitzer for public service in 2001.

A Wall Street Journal reporter for more than 20 years, Bennett was part of a team that won the prize for national reporting in 1997, for reporting on AIDS.

The board determines the winners in 14 categories in journalism and seven in the arts and music. The board’s voting members serve a maximum of nine years.

Bennett fills a position on the board that has been vacant since last year. All 17 voting positions now have been filled. The dean of Columbia’s journalism school and the prizes’ administrator do not cast votes on the prizes.

Other members of the Pulitzer board are Rupp; John S. Carroll, editor and executive vice president of the Los Angeles Times, and chairman of the Pulitzer board; Andrew Barnes, chairman and CEO of the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times; Louis D. Boccardi, president and chief executive officer of The Associated Press; Joann Byrd, editor of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer‘s editorial page; Henry Louis Gates Jr., W.E.B. DuBois professor of humanities at Harvard University; and Tom Goldstein, dean of the Columbia School of Journalism.

Also, Doris Kearns Goodwin, historian and biographer; Donald E. Graham, chairman, The Washington Post Co.; Anders Gyllenhaal, executive editor of The News & Observer of Raleigh, N.C.; Jay T. Harris, former publisher, San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News; Richard Oppel, editor of the Austin (Texas) American-Statesman; Rena Pederson, editorial page editor and vice president of The Dallas Morning News; Mike Pride, editor of the Concord (N.H.) Monitor; Sandra Mims Rowe, editor of The Oregonian; William Safire, columnist, The New York Times; and Paul Steiger, managing editor, The Wall Street Journal.

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