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Journalist/Author Amanda Bennett Named to Pulitzer Prize Board

By Caroline Ladhani

Amanda Bennett

Amanda Bennett, editor of the Lexington Herald-Leader of Lexington, Kentucky, has been elected to the Pulitzer Prize Board. Bennett, who is 49, became editor of the Herald-Leader in September 2001 and prior to that served as managing editor/projects for The Oregonian in Portland.

Bennett served as a Wall Street Journal reporter for more than 20 years. A cum laude graduate of Harvard College, she held numerous posts at the paper, including auto industry reporter in Detroit in the late 70s and early 80s, Pentagon and State Department reporter, Beijing correspondent, management editor/reporter, national economics correspondent and, finally, chief of the Atlanta bureau until 1998, when she moved to The Oregonian.

No stranger to the Pulitzers, in 1997 Bennett shared the Prize for national reporting with her Journal colleagues, and in 2001 during her tenure at The Oregonian, that paper won a Pulitzer for public service.

She is the author of five books including "In Memoriam" (1998), co-authored with Terence B. Foley; "The Man Who Stayed Behind," co-authored with Sidney Rittenberg (1993), and "Death of the Organization Man" (1991).

This year's Pulitzer Prizes were announced on April 8 and will be presented to winners on May 30, 2002, at 1:30 p.m. at Columbia University. Columbia awards the Pulitzer Prizes on the board's recommendation. Members of the board serve a maximum of nine years.

Published: May 16, 2002
Last modified: Sep 18, 2002


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