Editor Margaret Sullivan joins Pulitzer board

AP News
Posted: Jun 21, 2011 9:46 PM
Editor Margaret Sullivan joins Pulitzer board

The Buffalo News editor Margaret M. Sullivan has been elected to join the Pulitzer Prize Board, which gives out the most prestigious awards in journalism.

Sullivan is the first female editor of the paper, which she joined as an intern in 1980. The Lackawanna, N.Y., native went on to cover business, government and features.

She established the paper's first investigative team and oversaw an award-winning series on airline safety after a plane crash killed 50 people near Buffalo two years ago.

Columbia University, which administers the prizes, announced Sullivan's election on Tuesday.

Pulitzer board members serve a maximum of nine years in three-year terms. The board has 19 members, 17 of whom are voting members.