Jon Sawyer

SECRETARY OF THE BOARD

Jon Sawyer is executive director of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, a non-profit organization that funds independent reporting with the intent of raising the standard of media coverage of global affairs. He became the center's founding director after a 31-year career with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Jon was the Post-Dispatch Washington bureau chief from 1993 through 2005. He had been a member of the newspaper's Washington bureau since 1980 and before that worked in St. Louis, first as an editorial writer and then as a staff reporter. He has reported from more than 80 countries.


Jon was selected three years in a row for the National Press Club's award for best foreign reporting. His work has been honored by the Overseas Press Club, the Inter-American Press Association and the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. His reporting on defense procurement contract abuses won the top investigative reporting prize among large newspapers from IRE (Investigative Reporters and Editors). His reporting on the problems of nuclear waste disposal was honored by the Atomic Industrial Forum and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.


He received a B.A. degree from Yale University, majoring in English literature and history, and has held fellowships at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public Policy, the Shorenstein Center on Press, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, and the Columbia University School of Journalism. He and his wife, Kem Knapp Sawyer, live in Washington, DC.