Pulitzer Centennial Event


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Due to tremendous response for the event, Minnesota SPJ is currently exploring whether overflow seating might be possible. If you would like to be added to a wait-list, should more seating become available, please send an email to minnesota.spj@gmail.com.

Hosted by Minnesota Society of Professional Journalists

Date: Thursday, November 10

Time: 6-8:30pm

  • 6pm: Reception
  • 7 pm: Program
    • Welcome by Laura Yuen, MN-SPJ Board Member and Minnesota Public Radio reporter
    • Short Film Commemorating the Pulitzer Prize Centennial
    • Introduction of the Moderator and Panelists
  • 8pm: Audience Q&A

Location: Guthrie Theater’s Dowling Studio

The Pulitzer Prize celebrates its 100th birthday this year, having recognized a century’s worth of outstanding achievement in journalism and the arts. Yet in an election year filled with invective over the role of journalism, Gallup polling suggests that trust in mass media has sunk to a new low. The Minnesota chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists is gathering Minnesota’s winners to recognize great work from the past and the potential for powerful stories to build trust in journalism and beyond. The event is being co-sponsored by Star Tribune and Guthrie Theater, with support from MinnPost.  Special thanks to the David and Leni Moore Family Foundation for its generous support of this event.

Panel Members:


Chris Ison

Chris Ison and a colleague at the Star Tribune in Minneapolis won a Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting in 1990 for a series of stories on arson and links between the St. Paul (MN) Fire Department and profits from arsons and suspicious fires.


Jacqui Banaszynski

Jacqui Banaszynski of the Pioneer Press in St. Paul won a Pulitzer Prize in Feature Writing in 1988 for “AIDS in the Heartland,” an intimate series on a gay farm couple dying of AIDS.

Robin McDowell

Robin McDowell and colleagues at the Associated Press won a Pulitzer Prize in Public Service in 2016 for investigating severe labor abuses tied to the supply of seafood to American supermarkets and restaurants — reporting that freed 2,000 slaves.

Jeremy Olson

Jeremy Olson and colleagues at the Star Tribune won a Pulitzer Prize in Local Reporting in 2013 for a series of articles on deaths in family child care that drove a sustained decline in deaths in Minnesota.

Steve Sack

Steve Sack won a Pulitzer Prize for cartooning in 2013, an award that honored the Star Tribune editorial cartoonist’s use of “original style and clever ideas to drive home his unmistakable point of view.”