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(212) 854-2419 February 19, 1999
Historian Goodwin and Wall St. Journalās Steiger
Elected to Pulitzer Prize Board At Columbia
Doris Kearns Goodwin, the historian and author, and Paul E. Steiger, managing editor of The Wall Street Journal, have been elected members of the Pulitzer Prize Board.
The announcement was made today by George Rupp, president of Columbia University, which awards the annual prizes on the boardās recommendation. Members serve a maximum of nine years on the twenty-member board.
Goodwin is the author of The Fitzgeralds & The Kennedys (1987), the Pulitzer Prize-winning No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The American Homefront During World War II (1995), and Wait Till Next Year: A Memoir (1997). An assistant to President Lyndon Johnson during his last year in the White House, she later worked with him in preparing his memoirs and wrote Lyndon Johnson & The American Dream (1976). She was educated at Colby College and Harvard University, where she taught for ten years.
Goodwin has written numerous articles on politics and baseball for leading national publications, is a regular panelist on PBSā The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, and often appears on various network news shows. She was awarded the Charles Frankel Prize given by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Sara Josepha Hale medal, and the National Humanities Medal. She is a member of the Harvard University Board of Overseers, the Society of American Historians, and of the Boston Globeās Board of Directors. She was a consultant and commentator for PBS documentaries on President Johnson, the Kennedy family, Franklin Roosevelt, and Ken Burnsā ćBaseball.ä
A graduate of Yale University, Paul Steiger joined the Wall Street Journal in 1966 as a reporter in the San Francisco bureau. In 1968 he moved to the Los Angeles Times as a staff writer and in 1971 transferred to the paperās Washington, D.C. bureau as an economic correspondent. He returned to L.A. in 1978 to serve as the Timesā business editor. In 1983, he rejoined the Journal as an assistant managing editor in New York and became deputy managing editor in April 1985. He was appointed managing editor in June 1991 and became a vice president of the Journal in 1992.
Steiger has won three Gerald Loeb awards and two John Hancock awards for his economic and business coverage. He is co-author of the book The 70s Crash and How to Survive It, published in 1970.
The other members of the Pulitzer Prize Board are: President Rupp; Tom Goldstein, dean, Graduate School of Journalism, Columbia University (ex-officio); Andrew Barnes, editor, president and chief executive officer of the St. Petersburg Times; Louis D. Boccardi, president and chief executive officer, The Associated Press; John S. Carroll, editor and senior vice president, The Baltimore Sun; John L. Dotson, Jr., president and publisher, Akron Beacon Journal; Jack Fuller, president of the Tribune Publishing Company, Chicago; Henry Louis Gates, Jr., W.E.B. du Bois Professor of the Humanities at Harvard University; William B. Ketter, chair of the journalism program at Boston University; Rena Pederson, vice president/editorial page editor, The Dallas Morning News; James V. Risser, director, John S. Knight Fellowships, Stanford University; Sandra Mims Rowe, editor, The Oregonian; Walter Rugaber, president and publisher, Roanoke (Va.) Times; William Safire, columnist, The New York Times; Edward Seaton, editor in chief, Manhattan (Kan.) Mercury; Helen Vendler, Porter University professor, Harvard University; Marilyn Yarbrough, professor of law, University of North Carolina, and Seymour Topping, administrator of the Prizes.
Note to editors: Photographs of Goodwin and Steiger are available; please call Columbia University Public Affairs, (212) 854-2419.