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Dana Canedy: The Road from UK to the Pulitzer Prize

Dana Canedy: The Road from UK to the Pulitzer Prize

The School of Journalism and Media will welcome home one of its outstanding alumni when Dana Canedy, who was recently named the administrator of the Pulitzer Prizes, returns to campus on Wednesday, Sept. 27.


“Dana Canedy: The road from UK to the Pulitzer Prizes” will feature a conversation with the woman who grew up near Ft. Knox. Beth Barnes, former director of the school and a professor in the Department of Integrated Strategic Communication, will interview Canedy about the road she has walked, her successes and the obstacles she has overcome. Then Barnes will ask questions submitted by members of the audience. The program will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Kincaid Auditorium of the Gatton Business and Economics Building.


Canedy graduated from the University of Kentucky with a bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1988. She worked at the Palm Beach Post in Florida for a year reporting on law enforcement and crime. The Cleveland Plain Dealer hired her to cover law enforcement, suburban government and local business. She worked as an editor for a year directing metropolitan coverage before leaving in 1996 to work for The New York Times.


During her 20 years at the nation’s top newspaper, Canedy worked as a business reporter and three more as the Florida bureau chief, overseeing all news coverage from the state, including the 2001 election. She also was the lead writer and editor on the Times series, “How Race is Lived in America,” which won the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for national reporting. The series looked at race relations in this country.


She also is the author of “A Journal for Jordan,” a best-seller on the Times book list. The book told the story of her partner and father of her son, who wrote a journal for him before returning to Iraq, where he was killed in 2006 before Jordan was born.


In July, she was named the administrator of the Pulitzer Prizes. She will work alongside the Pulitzer Prize board to select juries, prize deliberations and arranging the meetings that will select the yearly winners.


Canedy also will be one of eight alumni of the School of Journalism and Media honored Thursday at a lunch for students, “Lunch with Our Stars,” and at the First Amendment Celebration at 6 p.m. Thursday in the auditorium of the William T. Young Library.


The program Wednesday is being sponsored by the UK student chapters of the National Association of Black Journalists and the Society of Professional Journalists; the Bluegrass Chapter of SPJ; the School of Journalism and Media; the Diversity Committee of the College of Communication and Information, and UK’s Office for Institutional Diversity.