NEW YORK — The former editor of the Concord Monitor in New Hampshire will oversee the Pulitzer Prizes, Columbia University announced Tuesday.
Mike Pride, who edited the Monitor from 1983 to 2008 and is the author or co-author of six books, starts as the new administrator on Sept. 1. He replaces Sig Gissler, who administer1ed the awarding of the prizes for 12 years at Columbia.
A graduate of Clearwater High School and the University of South Florida, Pride served as a Russian linguist in the Army during the late 1960s. He began his journalism career as a sports writer at the Tampa Tribune and later served as city editor of the Clearwater Sun and the Tallahassee Democrat.
Under Pride's leadership, the Monitor won the New England Newspaper of the Year award 19 times and the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for feature photography. He also has served as a juror for the Pulitzers for four years and a Pulitzer board member from 1999 through 2008.
Gissler praised Pride as having "a terrific background and temperament to do the job," adding, "You have to be even handed and diplomatic."
Pride has a loyal following of journalists who welcomed the news.
Jo Becker, an investigative reporter with the New York Times who worked for Pride from 1994 through 1997, recalled how he would bring New Hampshire poets into the newsroom for lunches to talk about how to make news writing more lyrical.
"To me, that embodies who Mike is," Becker said. "Someone devoted not just to our industry, but to all things literary, a man who was equally at home grilling presidential candidates, as he was breaking bread with poets."