DEDICATED TO BJ ALUMS FOUNDER HARRY LIGGETT 1930-2014. BJ NEWSROOM LEGEND 1965-1995.
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1968Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing for John S. Knight, for a
selection of his Editor’s Notebook weekly columns, largely opposing the Vietnam
War and defending the public’s right to protest. He had begun the column in
1936 and wrote it for four decades, “in a style that would range from the
wistfully poetic to the angry and agonizing,” according to Knight biographer
1971 Pulitzer Prize for
General Local Reporting for coverage of the National Guard shootings that
killed four students and wounded nine at Kent State University on May 4, 1970.
It included seven pages of stories and photos in the May 5 paper, and ongoing
stories in the following weeks that attempted to answer questions about the
shootings and the decisions that led to the confrontation.
1987 Pulitzer Prize for
General News Reporting for “The Goodyear War.” The special section
reconstructed the attempt by investors, led by Sir James Goldsmith, to take
over Akron’s biggest employer and loyal corporate citizen, Goodyear. It examined
the potential effects on 13,000 local employees, schools, thousands of
retirees, the United Way, churches and many other facets of community life.
1994Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for “A Question of Color,” a
series that urged readers to examine and discuss race relations, attitudes and
how race plays a part in housing, crime, business and education. It led to the
formation of Coming Together, an organization that promoted racial harmony and
cultural awareness, and President Bill Clinton came to Akron to take the
community’s dialogue to the rest of the country in a televised town meeting.