No Decision On Goodwin’s Seat On Pulitzer Board

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By: Michael Weissenstein, Associated Press Writer

(AP) The board that awards the Pulitzer Prizes is still reviewing the status of colleague Doris Kearns Goodwin, a historian who has been accused of plagiarism, the board’s administrator said Monday.

“It has not reached a point where there is a decision or determination as to what action, if any, should be taken,” administrator Seymour Topping said. “We just hope that it will be brought to an early conclusion.”

The full board is reviewing the status of the 1995 Pulitzer winner, who recently acknowledged that one of her books contained the work of another author.

Topping had announced last month that Goodwin, who has been on the board since 1999, would withdraw from judging this year’s prizes. She could not immediately be reached for comment Monday.

Goodwin won a Pulitzer for her 1995 book “No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II.”

In January, as journalists probed the biographies and works of several high-profile historians accused of plagiarism, Goodwin acknowledged that her 1987 book “The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys” contained sections of text taken without attribution from another author.

Lynne McTaggart told reporters that Goodwin’s work contained “dozens and dozens” of passages from McTaggart’s 1983 biography of Kathleen Kennedy. Goodwin said the copying was accidental, the result of a longhand note-taking system that didn’t distinguish between her own observations and passages from other texts.

Both she and McTaggart said they had reached a settlement years earlier that included an undisclosed payment and revisions to Goodwin’s book.

Since her admission, Goodwin took a leave from PBS’ “Newshour with Jim Lehrer,” where she had been making regular appearances, and some universities rescinded speaking invitations.

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