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JMC Pulitzer Prize Winners

  • Albert Fitzpatrick, '56; Lacy McCrary, '60; Ron Clark, '65 (deceased) Jeff Sallot '70 and Paul Tople, '70, as part of the Akron Beacon Journal team that won a 1971 prize in the news reporting category for coverage of May 4, 1970 events at Kent State.

  • Jim Toms, '67, Paul Tople, '70 and Sue Zake, '11, as part of the Akron Beacon Journal team that won a 1987 prize in the news reporting category for coverage of the attempted hostile takeover of the Goodyear Tire and Rubber in Akron.

  • Jim Toms, '67, Paul Tople, '70, Chuck Ayers, '71 and Sue Zake, '11, as well as JMC advisor Bob Springer, as part of the Akron Beacon Journal team that won a 1994 prize in the public service category for coverage of race issues.

  • John Filo, '72, as a student photojournalist, who won an individual award in 1971 in the spot news category for his famous photograph of Mary Vecchio taken on May 4, 1970 at Kent State.

  • J. Ross Baughman, '75, as an Associated Press (AP) photographer, who won an individual prize in 1978 in the feature photography category for coverage of the war in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe).

  • Lynne Sladky, '78, as a photographer on the AP team that won a 1993 prize in the feature photography category for coverage of the 1992 Presidential campaign.

  • Connie Schultz, '79, as a Plain Dealer columnist, who won a 2005 individual award in the commentary category for columns that gave voice to the underprivileged. Schultz also was a 2003 finalist in the feature writing category for a story about a man wrongly convicted of rape.

  • Sam Roe, '83, as part of a team of Chicago Tribune investigative reporters awarded the prize in 2008 for a comprehensive look at the safety of children's toys and products. Roe was a Pulitzer finalist in 2000, 2011 and 2013 for investigative reporting.

  • Paul Fresty, '89, as graphics editor of the New Orleans Times Picayune, when the paper won a prize in 1997 for its series, "Oceans of Trouble," a comprehensive look at the environmental, ecological and economic threats to the world's fishing industry.

  • Sue Zake, '11, as part of the Biloxi Sun Herald team that was awarded the prize in 2006 in the public service category for public service for Hurricane Katrina coverage.