The Pulitzer Prize board has appointed Sig Gissler, former Milwaukee Journal editor, as administrator of journalism’s top honors. Gissler will succeed Seymour Topping, former New York Times managing editor, who had held the post since 1993.
The appointment was announced by the Pulitzer board and George Rupp, president of Columbia University, which administers the prizes. Gissler has been an associate professor at the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia for eight years, and he founded the Columbia Workshops on Journalism, Race, and Ethnicity.
Gissler worked at the Milwaukee Journal from 1967 to 1993.
Edward Kliment will continue to serve as deputy administrator, a post he has held since 1994.
The administrator provides support for the selection of juries, prize deliberations, and board meetings.
The Pulitzers were established in 1904.