Pulitzer Prizes and Pioneers
Isabel Wilkerson and Michelle Johnson join the COM journalism faculty
Isabel Wilkerson, the first African-American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize in journalism, and online news pioneer Michelle Johnson have joined the journalism department at Boston University, Thomas Fiedler, dean of the College of Communication, announced last week.
Wilkerson, former senior writer at the New York Times, earned the 1994 Pulitzer for feature writing. She joins the COM faculty after three years as the James M. Cox Jr. Professor of Journalism at Emory University.
Johnson, a Boston Globe reporter and editor from 1983 to 1996, was the editorial manager of the team that launched the paper’s award-winning Boston.com site in 1995. She had been a journalist-in-residence at Emerson College since 2006.
“Isabel’s arrival solidifies BU as a preeminent place for the study of narrative nonfiction, planting the flag of high-quality journalistic storytelling,” says Fiedler (COM’71), himself a two-time Pulitzer winner. “Michelle will move the college in the direction of emerging media, as she did with the Boston Globe.”4 Comments