Pride and Byrd Named Pulitzer Co-Chairs

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By: Joe Strupp

Former Seattle Post-Intelligencer editorial page editor Joann Byrd and Mike Pride, editor of the Concord (N.H.) Monitor, have been named the new co-chairs of the Pulitzer Prize Board, the awards office revealed Thursday.

The duo will replace current chair Paul Steiger, the outgoing managing editor of The Wall Street Journal. Both Byrd and Pride have been on the board since 1999. Steiger, who has served on the board since 1998, will leave this year in accordance with Pulitzer rules that limit board membership to nine years.

Byrd, who has 47 years experience in news, is currently writing a book about the Heppner, Ore., flood of 1903. Prior to leaving the P-I in June 2003, she had also served as ombudsman for The Washington Post and had been executive editor of The Herald in Everett, Wash., for 12 years. She was a reporter and an editor at the Spokane (Wash.) Daily Chronicle before joining the Herald.

Pride became editor of the Monitor in 1983, previously serving as its managing editor. He also has been city editor of the Clearwater (Fla.) Sun and the Tallahassee Democrat.

The Pulitzer Prizes, announced April 16, will be presented at the annual luncheon on May 21.

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