NAU grad leads team to Pulitzer Prize


A former Lumberjack reporter and Northern Arizona University alumna was one of the directors for a team of reporters that won a 2010 Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing.

Keven Ann Willey, vice president and editorial page editor of The Dallas Morning News and 1980 graduate of NAU, along with deputy editorial page editor Sharon Grigsby, directed a three-person team who won a Pulitzer for its “relentless editorials deploring the stark social and economic disparity between the city’s better-off northern half and distressed southern half.”

Named as award winners were editorial writers Tod Robberson, Colleen McCain Nelson and William McKenzie.

Willey said the editorial team was able to “apply sustained attention to a very complex social issue,” something that happens too rarely in daily newspaper work.

“With things that don’t change quickly, sometimes we lose focus,” she said.

–Adapted from the Dallas Morning News