Author of ‘Pulitzer’s Gold’ To Discuss Coveted Award, Journalism

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Roy Harris

A veteran journalist who wrote the book that traces the century-long history of the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service will discuss the coveted award and journalism in general during a free public lecture on the University Park campus.

Roy Harris, who has worked for some of the nation’s most respected news organizations during his 40-year career, will present a lecture titled “Pulitzer’s Gold” at 6 p.m. Sept. 20 in Foster Auditorium of Paterno Library. The lecture title mirrors that of his critically acclaimed book, which was initially published in 2007 and updated in 2016 to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the Pulitzer Prize.

“Pulitzer’s Gold” is the only book to focus on the long history of the coveted Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. The prize, which recognizes some of the media’s greatest achievements, is awarded annually to a news organization rather than to individuals, and takes the form of the Joseph Pulitzer Gold Medal.

Harris, whose father was a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, began research on the book in 2002, when he returned to St. Louis to make a presentation, on the 100th anniversary of his father’s birth, about the five Public Service Pulitzers won by the Post-Dispatch. That research led to the first edition of “Pulitzer’s Gold.”

Harris worked for The Wall Street Journal for 23 years (1971-1994) and as senior editor of CFO Magazine for 13 years. He also served as national president of the American Society of Business Publication Editors, and he remains president emeritus of its not-for-profit ASBPE Foundation. He is a regular contributor about journalism prizes to the website of the St. Petersburg, Florida-based Poynter Institute.

The lecture is co-sponsored by University Libraries and the Department of Journalism in the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications.