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Maria Henson

Maria Henson

2020

At the Lexington Herald-Leader in 1989-94, she broke new ground with an editorial campaign against domestic violence in Kentucky. Combining reporting and editorial writing, she produced the first reported editorial series ever submitted to the Editorial Writing category of the Pulitzer Prizes, and it won the 1992 prize. The series revealed, among other things, that emergency protective orders against law enforcement officers were not being enforced. At The Sacramento Bee, she edited another Pulitzer-winning, reported-editorial series, by Tom Philp in 2005, on reclaiming California’s flooded Hetch Hetchy Valley. She was a Nieman fellow at Harvard University in 1993-94 and an Arthur Burns fellow in Germany in 1992. She lectures in journalism at Wake Forest University, her alma mater, where she is an associate vice president and edits the award-winning alumni magazine.