(AP) David Kennedy, an award-winning historian and Stanford University professor, has been elected to the board that awards the Pulitzer Prizes, Columbia University President Lee C. Bollinger announced Wednesday.
Columbia University oversees the awards, journalism’s highest honor, under the will of publisher Joseph Pulitzer. Next year’s winners will be announced April 7.
Kennedy, 61, was awarded the 2000 Pulitzer Prize in history for his book, Freedom from Fear: The American People in Depression and War, 1929-45. His book Over Here: The First World War and American Society, was a finalist for the 1981 Pulitzer Prize in history.
Kennedy, born in Seattle, earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Stanford University in 1963. He earned a doctorate in American studies at Yale University.
He returned to Stanford as a history professor in 1967, and was named the Donald J. McLachlan Professor of History in 1993.
The Pulitzer 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.
Kennedy is the first person to join the board since Doris Kearns Goodwin resigned in June after she acknowledged that in parts of her book The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys she failed to provide adequate quotation marks for some passages taken from another author’s work, although she cited the work as a source. A spokeswoman for Columbia said Kennedy was not specifically replacing Goodwin.
Other members of the board are Bollinger; Andrew Barnes, chairman and chief executive officer of the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times; Amanda Bennett, editor of the Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader; Louis D. Boccardi, president and CEO of The Associated Press; Joann Byrd, editorial page editor at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer; John S. Carroll, editor and executive vice president at the Los Angeles Times; Henry Louis Gates Jr., W.E.B. DuBois Professor of Humanities at Harvard University; Donald E. Graham, chairman of The Washington Post Co.; Anders Gyllenhaal, executive editor of the Star Tribune of Minneapolis; Jay T. Harris, director of the Center for the Study of Journalism and Democracy at the University of Southern California; David A. Klatell, interim dean at the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University; Richard Oppel, editor at 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 at The Oregonian; William Safire, columnist for The New York Times; Paul Steiger, managing editor of The Wall Street Journal; and Sig Gissler, administrator of the prizes.