Introduction from Executive Director Jon Sawyer
Journalism and education for the public good.
The Pulitzer Center's mission is that simple. That challenging. That important.
It has been the beating heart of the Pulitzer Center since we opened our doors in 2006. Today it pulses through a community that spans the globe: more than a thousand journalist grantees, hundreds of news organizations, dozens of schools, universities and community colleges and, crucially, individuals like you—people who believe in the power of honest reporting, civil debate, and real engagement with the issues that affect our lives.
In the pages that follow, and in the highlights video, you'll see how far our reach now extends, from a special issue of The New York Times Magazine on climate and a PBS NewsHour series on abuses in the criminal justice system to online poetry contests for students and journalism fellowships that allowed 42 students from 34 of our partner universities to report from 27 countries.
2018 was a landmark year for us, in building the donor base so critical to assuring the Center's permanent role, in journalism and beyond. We tripled our endowment, to $16 million, and secured major donations that guarantee a central role in reporting on peace and conflict, land rights, climate, mass incarceration, and issues affecting women and children.
I hope that you'll take a look at this report and that you'll click on links to some of the extraordinary journalism and educational activities detailed here. Let us know what we can do better. I hope, too, that you'll share this report with your friends.
On behalf of my amazing colleagues at the Pulitzer Center, and of all our journalist grantees and other partners, thank you for your interest and support. We look forward to working together in 2019—and in the years to come.