Boston University J-School adds Pulitzer Winner, Online-News Pioneer

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(Boston) — Isabel Wilkerson, the first African-American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize in journalism, and online news pioneer Michelle Johnson have joined the journalism faculty at Boston University, BU College of Communication Dean Tom Fiedler announced today.

Wilkerson, a former senior writer at The New York Times who earned the 1994 Pulitzer for feature writing, joins the College of Communication’s Journalism Department faculty after three years as the James M. Cox Professor of Journalism at Emory University.

Johnson, a Boston Globe reporter and editor from 1983 to 1996 who was editorial manager of the team that launched the paper’s award-winning Web site in 1995, had been a Journalist in Residence at Emerson College since 2006.

“Isabel’s solidifies BU a pre-eminent place for the study of narrative non-fiction, planting the flag of high-quality journalistic story telling,” said Fiedler, an ex-Miami Herald executive editor and two-time Pulitzer winner. “Michelle will move the college in the direction of emerging media, as she did with the Boston Globe.”

Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized institution of higher education and research. With an enrollment of more than 30,000 in 17 schools and colleges, it is the nation’s fourth-largest independent university.

The College of Communication has nearly 2,500 students enrolled in the Departments of Journalism; Film and Television; and Mass Communication, Advertising and Public Relations.