E.R. Shipp Wins '96 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary

Photograph: E.R. Shipp.

E.R. Shipp, assistant professor at Columbia's Graduate School of Journalism, has won the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for commentary.

Her writing in The New York Daily News was cited as "penetrating columns on race, welfare and other social issues."

She was a reporter at The New York Times for 13 years before joining the journalism faculty in 1994.

Robert Campbell, a 1960 graduate of the Journalism School and architecture critic for The Boston Globe, won the Pulitzer Prize for criticism.

Tina Rosenberg, a lecturer in the School of International and Public Affairs, won the Pulitzer in general non-fiction for her book, The Haunted Land: Facing Europe's Ghosts after Communism.

Shipp, who received her undergraduate degree from Georgia State University in 1976, holds three Columbia degrees and is working on her fourth--a Ph.D. in history. She earned the M.S. in journalism in 1979, the J.D. in law in 1980 and the M.A. in history in 1994.

Her thesis, on African Americans in the South, will include her family experience from the time of slavery to the present day.

Shipp said: "I was stunned when I learned I had won a Pulitzer Prize. My mother was overjoyed. So many people called me after learning about the award."

Journalism Dean Joan Konner said: "She is a fresh, direct, important voice who has spoken courageously and with integrity about issues of our time, not limited to but including the most sensitive racial issues."

Robin Lewis, associate dean and director of the M.I.P.A. Program at SIPA, said of Rosenberg:

"Tina has proven a dynamic and effective teacher. Our students greatly benefit from her writing experience and insights into Eastern Europe, and we are delighted that her talents have been recognized by the Pulitzer committee."

Rosenberg said: " I hope winning the Pulitzer Prize raises attention to how new democracies deal with their past, not just in Eastern Europe but throughout the world."

Rosenberg is currently teaching "Writing fort International Affairs" in the School of International and Public Affairs.

Rosenberg's book, about totalitarianism in Eastern Europe, won a National Book Award last year.

In her book she draws from her observations as a journalist when she lived and traveled in the region from 1991 to 1994.

The book explores life after communism and relates the personal experiences of those as varied as a Czech dissident, a Polish Communist leader and a Berlin border guard.

A 1987 recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, she also wrote Children of Cain: Violence and the Violent in Latin America.

She lived in Latin America from 1985 to 1990 and traveled extensively in the former Soviet bloc from 1991 to 1994.

Her reporting on foreign affairs has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's, The New Republic, The Atlantic, Rolling Stone and other publications.

She also is a senior fellow at the World Policy Institute at the New School for Social Research.

Her next book will explore issues of reconciliation and justice in South Africa, when she covers the assembly of the South African Truth Commission this year.

Campbell received his master's in journalism from Columbia in 1960. He also holds two Harvard degrees, a B.A. and a masters in architecture. He has been architecture critic of the Boston Globe since 1973.

The staff of the Orange County (Calif.) Register won a Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting. The editor and vice president of the newspaper is Tonnie L. Katz, Barnard '66, Journalism '67.

The other winners:

Journalism: Public Service: News & Observer, Raleigh, N.C.; Spot News Reporting: Robert D. McFadden, The New York Times; Explanatory Journalism: Laurie Garrett, Newsday; Beat Reporting: Bob Keeler, Newsday; National Reporting; Alix M. Freedman, The Wall Street Journal; International Reporting: David Rohde, The Christian Science Monitor; Feature Writing: Rick Bragg, The New York Times; Editorial Writing: Robert B. Semple Jr., The New York Times; Editorial Cartooning: Jim Morin, The Miami Herald; Spot News Photography: Charles Porter IV, freelancer; Feature Photography, Stephanie Welsh, freelancer, and Special Award, Herbert Caen, San Francisco Chronicle.

Letters and Drama Prizes: Fiction: Independence Day by Richard Ford; Drama: Rent, by Jonathan Larson; History: William Cooper's Town: Power and Persuasion on the Frontier of the Early American Republic by Alan Taylor; Biography: God: A Biography by Jack Miles, and Poetry: The Dream of the Unified Field by Jorie Graham.

The Prize in Music: Lilacs by George Walker.

The 80th annual Pulitzer Prizes in Journalism, Letters, Drama and Music were announced on Tues., Apr. 9.

They are awarded on the recommendation of the Pulitzer Prize Board and announced by President Rupp.

The Board made its recommendations when it met at Columbia on Apr. 4 and 5.

The awards will be presented at a luncheon May 20 at Columbia.

Columbia University Record -- April 19, 1996 -- Vol. 21, No. 24