ST. PETERSBURG — Neil Brown, editor and vice president of the Tampa Bay Times, has been elected to the Pulitzer Prize Board, Columbia University announced Thursday.
The Pulitzer board bestows the best-known awards in journalism, as well as prizes in fiction, nonfiction, drama, history, biography, music and poetry.
In addition to Brown, professor Tommie Shelby, a philosopher and Africana studies scholar at Harvard University, also was elected to the board.
Brown said he learned of his appointment from Pulitzer board chairman Paul Gigot, editorial page editor of the Wall Street Journal. Others on the 19-member board include Columbia University president Lee Bollinger; New York Times columnist Gail Collins; Katherine Boo, a staff writer for New Yorker magazine; and prize-winning author Junot Diaz.
"I am deeply honored to join the board," Brown said. "The Pulitzer Prizes endure in honoring and protecting high standards of integrity and craft."
The Pulitzer board meets each April to select the winners from among finalists chosen by juries earlier in the year. The board also sets the rules for the prizes, which are administered at Columbia. In recent years, the journalism prizes have expanded beyond entries from newspapers to include those published on websites and in magazines.
Brown, 57, oversees the work of the journalists at the Times, its websites tampabay.com and PolitiFact.com, the daily tabloid tbt* and Bay magazine.
A native of Chicago, Brown graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Iowa in 1981. He worked nearly nine years at the Miami Herald and five years at Congressional Quarterly, a former Times affiliate in Washington, D.C.
He came to the Times in 1993 and has served as managing editor and executive editor. He was named editor in 2010. He is a member of the Times Publishing board of directors. In 2010, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame at the University of Iowa's School of Journalism.
Brown and his wife, writer Gelareh Asayesh, live in St. Petersburg. They have two children in college.
Brown is the fourth Times journalist to serve on the Pulitzer board. Times CEO and chairman Paul Tash completed a nine-year term on the board in 2014. Former Times chairmen Andrew Barnes and Eugene Patterson also served as Pulitzer board members.
The Times has received 10 Pulitzer Prizes.