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Dana Canedy

Dana Canedy

2019

The first woman, the first person of color and the youngest person to serve as administrator of the Pulitzer Prizes, she was part of a New York Times team that won the 2001 Pulitzer for National Reporting for a series of stories, “How Race is Lived in America.” Born in Indianapolis, she grew up in a military family in Radcliff, near Fort Knox, and earned a degree in journalism from the University of Kentucky. Her career took her to The Palm Beach Post, The Plain Dealer in Cleveland and the Times, where she rose to the position of senior editor before accepting the Pulitzer job in 2017. She is the author of a best-seller, A Journal for Jordan: A Story of Love and Honor. It grew out of an essay she wrote for the Times about the Iraq War death of her fiancé, First Sgt. Charles Monroe King, and the journal he left for their son.