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Oregonian Editor Sandra Mims Rowe Elected Pulitzer Board Chair

By Caroline Ladhani

Sandra Mims Rowe

Sandra Mims Rowe, editor of The Oregonian, the largest daily newspaper in the Northwest, has been elected chair of the Pulitzer Prize Board. She has served as a board member since 1994.

Rowe has been editor of The Oregonian since 1993. She previously made her mark in journalism in Virginia where she spent 22 years at The Virginian-Pilot and The Ledger-Star. Rowe rose to executive editor and vice president at the combined papers in 1984, a post she held until 1993. On her watch, the papers won the Pulitzer Prize for general news reporting in 1985. For her work in Virginia, Rowe was inducted into the Virginia Journalism Hall of Fame in 2000.

Also, under her leadership, The Oregonian has won three Pulitzer Prizes and been a finalist four additional times. The Oregonian won the prize for explanatory reporting in 1999 and, in 2001, both the feature writing prize and the Gold Medal for Public Service.

Rowe has also served in a leadership role for many distinguished journalism organizations. She is a past president of the American Society of Newspaper Editors (ASNE). Currently she chairs the Knight Foundation Journalism Advisory Board, is a board member for the Medill School of Journalism's Board of Visitors at Northwestern University, and is chair of the Board of Visitors for the Knight Fellowships at Stanford University.

She is a 1970 graduate of East Carolina University and completed the Management Development Program in 1990 at Harvard's Graduate School of Business.

As newly elected chair of the Pulitzer Prize Board, Rowe succeeds John S. Carroll, editor and executive vice president of the Los Angeles Times and vice president of Times Mirror, who will continue to serve as a board member.

The 2003 Pulitzer Prizes will be announced on April 7 and presented on May 29 at Columbia University. Columbia awards the Pulitzer Prizes on the board's recommendation. Members of the board serve a maximum of nine years.

Published: Nov 11, 2002
Last modified: Nov 08, 2002

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