A Kentuckian and onetime Louisville Times intern has been tapped as the new administrator of the Pulitzer Prizes.
Dana Canedy, who also worked as a bureau chief, reporter and editor for the New York Times, will announce the winners of the annual journalism, literature and music competition at a news conference watched by newsrooms nationwide, in addition to working with the Pulitzer Prize Board. She replaces Mike Pride, who is set to retire from the position at the end of the month.
Canedy graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in journalism, after growing up in Radcliff, near Fort Knox. During college, Courier-Journal archives show that she was a summer intern for the Louisville Times, a paper that was once the afternoon companion to the morning Courier-Journal.
She went on to work at the Cleveland Plain Dealer and, later, the New York Times. During her tenure with The Gray Lady, she was one of several staff winners of the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting for a series called “How Race is Lived in America.”
She also wrote the book “A Journal for Jordan: A Story of Love and Honor” after her partner was killed in combat during the first Iraq war in 2006, according to a press release from the Pulitzer Prizes.
Gene Robinson, a Washington Post columnist and the Pulitzer Prize board chair who led the search committee that chose Cannedy, said in the news release from last week that Canedy’s “sterling” qualifications speak for themselves.
“At a time when media organizations are adapting to technologies and the epithet ‘fake news’ is brandished as a weapon, Canedy’s experience, energy, integrity and passion will help the Board focus on its vital mission: identifying and celebrating the best in American journalism and arts and letters,” Robinson wrote.
The Pulitzer Prize Board is made up of journalists and news executives, as well as five academics or persons in the arts, according to the news release. The administrator’s office works with the board on activities including selection of juries, prize deliberations, committee work and arranging board meetings, it adds.