Professor Jacqui Banaszynski
- 1988 winner, Feature Writing category
Jacqui Banaszynski holds the Knight Chair at the Missouri School of Journalism – the world's first school of journalism – and is an Editing Fellow at the internationally renowned Poynter Institute. She worked in newsrooms for more than 30 years, most recently as projects editor at The Seattle Times.
While at the St. Paul (Minn.) Pioneer Press, Banaszynski won the 1988 Pulitzer Prize in feature writing and the Society of Professional Journalists Distinguished Service Award for “AIDS in the Heartland,” an intimate account of the death of a gay farm couple. She was a finalist for the 1986 Pulitzer Prize in international reporting for coverage of the Ethiopian famine, and won the national Associated Press Sports Editors award with deadline coverage at the 1988 Summer Olympics.
Her edited work has won the American Society of Newspaper Editors Best Feature Writing Award and the Ernie Pyle Award for Human Interest Writing. She edited a investigative series on the failure of public defense that was a finalist for the Goldsmith Award and for the Selden Ring Award, a series on the global economy that was a finalist for the prestigious Gerald Loeb Award and several other award-winning projects on topics ranging from sports to social services to health care. Student stories she has directed have placed six times in the annual Hearst awards, considered the Pulitzer Prizes of college journalism.
Banaszynski leads workshops for journalists around the world and has served four times as a Pulitzer juror. In 2008, she was named to the Sunday and Features Editors Hall of Fame.