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Pulitzer Center Update January 9, 2020

Pulitzer Center Names Marina Walker Guevara as Executive Editor

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Marina Walker Guevara is joining the Pulitzer Center as its new executive editor.
Marina Walker Guevara

The Pulitzer Center is pleased to announce that Marina Walker Guevara will be joining the Center as executive editor on February 3.

Walker Guevara is currently director of strategic initiatives and network at the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), where she managed two of the largest investigative journalism collaborations in history, the Panama Papers and the Paradise Papers. A native of Argentina, her work has appeared in The Washington Post, The Miami Herald, Mother Jones, Le Monde, and the BBC. She has covered topics ranging from the environment to global offshore finance.

Walker Guevara has won or shared over 50 awards for her journalism, including the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting, Argentina's Perfil Freedom of Expression Prize, as well as recognitions from Long Island University's George Polk Awards, Investigative Reporters and Editors, Overseas Press Club, Barlett & Steele Awards, Columbia University's Maria Moors Cabot Award for distinguished Latin American reporting (special citation), and the inaugural Susan Talalay Award for Outstanding Journalism.

"Marina has worked with journalists throughout the world, managing complex investigative projects and forging collegial collaborations among hundreds of media outlets," said Jon Sawyer, Pulitzer Center Executive Director. "We are thrilled that she is joining us at a pivotal moment in the Center's growth."

"I am very excited to join this innovative and ambitious team that supports brave journalists and underreported stories, and brilliantly bridges newsrooms and classrooms," said Walker Guevara. "There has never been a greater need around the world for the Pulitzer Center's mission." 

Walker Guevara grew up in Mendoza, Argentina, and has degrees from Universidad Nacional de Cuyo and the Missouri School of Journalism, which awarded her the Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in 2019. She was a John S. Knight fellow at Stanford University in 2018 - 2019, where she studied the use of artificial intelligence in big-data investigations.

At the Center, Walker Guevara succeeds Indira Lakshmanan, who has become senior executive editor at National Geographic.

Walker Guevara sits on the board of directors of the Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN) and is a co-founder of the Latin American Center for Investigative Reporting (CLIP).

About the Pulitzer Center:

The Pulitzer Center, founded in 2006 and based in Washington, DC, has become a major source of support for enterprise reporting on global issues—and an innovative leader in working with schools and universities to bring those issues into classrooms everywhere.

The Center now supports over 150 reporting projects a year. Its work with the Associated Press covering the war in Yemen won a Pulitzer Prize for international reporting. The Center's projects have been among the winners each of the past three years at the RFK Awards and the Overseas Press Club; the Center itself has been recognized for best online reporting by the National Press Foundation, the National Press Club, and the Society of Professional Journalists.

In 2019, the Center launched "Bringing Stories Home," an initiative designed to help regional newsrooms cover the big, underreported stories that affect us all—and through education and other outreach promote the public engagement that is essential if our democracy is to thrive. Other major initiatives include the Rainforest Journalism Fund, a multi-year reporting initiative on the world's major rainforest regions, the "Connected Coastlines" initiative supporting local coverage of climate issues, and "Taken," a collaborative project focused on abuses in police use of civil-asset forfeiture.

The Pulitzer Center is the official education partner of The New York Times Magazine's 1619 Project, building curriculum materials to help students engage in dialogue about the legacy of slavery. Its educational network now numbers three dozen colleges and universities and several hundred secondary and middle schools across the country. The Center organizes nearly 700 events a year, bringing its journalism and issues into classrooms and other public venues; it also sponsors international reporting fellowships for students attending its Campus Consortium member schools.

The Center's emergence as a leader in the hybrid journalism/education space has depended on support from a wide array of foundations and individual contributors. Among the major current donors are the MacArthur Foundation, Omidyar Network, Humanity United, Henry Luce Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, Art for Justice Fund, Norwegian International Climate and Forestry Initiative, Facebook Journalism Project, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Julian Grace Foundation, Arnold Ventures, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Henry L. Kimelman Foundation, Poklon Foundation, and members of the Pulitzer family.

See the Center's 2019 Annual Report for highlights of recent activities. For more information contact Jeff Barrus, director of communications ([email protected], 202-460-4710).

Correction (February 1, 2020): A previous version of this announcement mispelled the Barlett & Steele Awards. It has now been corrected.