The Pulitzer Prizes, among journalism's highest honors, have a new administrator.
Mike Pride, the former editor of the Concord Monitor in New Hampshire and a former member of the Pulitzer board, was named to the post Tuesday by the board and Columbia University in New York, which administers the prizes.
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Pride, 67, was named editor of the Monitor in 1983 and led the paper to several awards, including a Pulitzer in 2008 for feature photography.
He retired in 2008 but returned briefly this year as editor during a management transition. He retired again in May and still writes a column for the Monitor.
Pride served on the Pulitzer board from 1999 to 2008 and was also a Pulitzer juror four times.
"His deep experience with the prizes equips him brilliantly to help us navigate the new while also steering a course true to our original values," board chairman Danielle Allen said in a statement, citing Pride's commitment to free press and community journalism as making him ideal for the job.
Pride replaces Sig Gissler, who is retiring. The appointment is effective Sept. 1.
"In a rapidly changing social and technological age, the Pulitzer Prizes remain a beacon, defining and championing the values of a free press," Pride said in a statement. "I look forward to doing all in my power to keep their light strong."