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Vol.25, No. 24 Jun. 9, 2000

Edward Seaton Will Head Pulitzer Board

By Kim Brockway

Edward Seaton, editor-in-chief of The Manhattan Mercury, has been elected chair of the Pulitzer Prize Board, President George Rupp has announced.

Seaton began his career in journalism as a general assignment reporter and copy editor at The Courier-Journal in Louisville, Kentucky. An honors graduate of Harvard College, he studied on a Fulbright grant in Ecuador and did graduate work in journalism at the University of Missouri. He was made a Knight of the Order of Christopher Columbus by the Dominican Republic for his work for press freedom, and is a recipient of Columbia's Maria Moors Cabot Prize.

Past president of both the American Society of Newspaper Editors and the Inter American Press Association, Seaton is president of the ASNE Foundation and serves on IAPA's executive committee. He is a member of the board of the International Center for Journalists, the advisory committee of the Knight International Press Fellowship Program and Columbia's Cabot Awards Board.

Elected to the board in 1992, Seaton succeeds John L. Dotson, Jr., president and publisher of the Akron Beacon Journal and Jack Fuller, president of the Tribune Publishing Company, who have retired from the board after having served as co-chairs. Members of the board serve a maximum of nine years.

The Pulitzer Prizes, 14 in journalism and 7 in letters, drama and music, were announced on April 10 and were presented on May 22 at Columbia. Other members of the Pulitzer Prize Board are: President Rupp; Andrew Barnes, editor, president and C.E.O., St. Petersburg Times; Louis D. Boccardi, president and chief executive officer, Associated Press; Joann Byrd, editor of the editorial page, Seattle Post-Intelligencer; John S. Carroll, editor, The Los Angeles Times; Henry Louis Gates, Jr., W.E.B. DuBois Professor of Humanities, Harvard University; Tom Goldstein, dean, Graduate School of Journalism, Columbia University; Doris Kearns Goodwin, historian and biographer; Donald E. Graham, publisher, The Washington Post; William B. Ketter, chairman, journalism department, Boston University; Rena Pederson, editorial page editor, The Dallas Morning News; Mike Pride, editor, Concord (NH) Monitor; Sandra Mims Rowe, editor, The Oregonian; William Safire, columnist, The New York Times; Paul Steiger, managing editor, The Wall Street Journal; and Seymour Topping, administrator of the Prizes.