By: E&P Staff
Anders Gyllenhaal, The Miami Herald’s executive editor, has been appointed chair of the Pulitzer Prize Board.
Gyllenhaal has been a member of the Board since 2001. Two years ago he returned to the Herald, where he had worked for 12 years as a reporter, investigative team member and city desk editor. From 2002 to 2007, he was editor of the Star Tribune in Minneapolis and served as executive editor of The News & Observer in Raleigh for seven years before that.
During the past year, the Herald launched news partnerships with the South Florida Sun-Sentinel and The Palm Beach Post, and developed a merged Tallahassee bureau with the St. Petersburg Times to cover state government. The newspaper has won two pulitzers (including the Breaking News Photography award this year) under his watch.
A graduate of George Washington University, Gyllenhaal chairs the Knight Center for Specialized Journalism and is a member of the Journalism Advisory Board at Elon University in North Carolina. He has been a longtime advocate for press freedom and access and served as chairman of the Freedom of Information Committee for the American Society of Newspaper Editors.
Over the past seven years, while working for newspapers owned by the McClatchy Company, he has seen his newsrooms awarded an unbroken string of President?s Awards, the twice-annual award for excellence bestowed by the newspaper group.
Gyllenhaal succeeds Richard Oppel, former editor of the Austin American-Statesman. Board members serve a maximum of nine years.