David Moats

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David Moats is an American editorialist, known for winning a Pulitzer Prize in 2001 for his series of 10 editorials on issues revolving around civil unions for same-sex couples.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Moats was born in Salt Lake City, Utah in 1947.[1] He graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a Bachelor's degree in English in 1969.[1]

He was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Afghanistan from 1969-1972.[1]


Moats began working for the Rutland Herald in 1982.[2][3] He was an editorial page editor for the Rutland Herald and the Barre Montpelier Times Argus from 1992-2018.[4][2][5][6] Before becoming an editorial page editor, he was a wire editor, state editor, assisting managing editor and city editor.[1][6] The newspapers eliminated Moats' position and let him go in February 2018.[4][3][6]

He has written eleven plays, four of which have been produced by theater companies in Vermont.[1] His play, “Hard News” won the Vermont Playwright's Award[7] from The Valley Players in Waitsfield, Vermont in 1987.[1][8]

Moats was also a Pulitzer Prize juror in 2002, judging commentary and in 2003, judging editorial cartooning.[1][9][10]

Personal life[edit]

He lives in Middlebury, Vermont.[1] He has three children named Jared, Thatcher and Nina Moats.[1] He occasionally appears on Vermont Public Radio as a commentator.[11]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "The 2001 Pulitzer Prize Winner in Editorial Writing". www.pulitzer.org. 2001. Retrieved 2018-05-01.
  2. ^ a b Epp, Henry; Bodette, Melody (2018-02-28). "Rutland Herald, Times Argus Lay Off Pulitzer Prize-Winning Editor". Retrieved 2018-05-01.
  3. ^ a b Walters, John (2018-02-27). "Media Note: David Moats Out at Herald, Times Argus". Seven Days. Retrieved 2018-05-01.
  4. ^ a b "David Moats". www.rutlandherald.com. Retrieved 2018-05-01.
  5. ^ Leahy, Patrick (2018-04-28). "David Moats, a Vermont treasure". Times Argus. Retrieved 2018-05-01.
  6. ^ a b c Mitchell, Rob (2018-02-27). "Note to readers". Rutland Herald. Retrieved 2018-05-01.
  7. ^ "Waitsfield - United States - Valley Players Theater". Waitsfield - United States - Valley Players Theater.
  8. ^ "Playwright Award Winners". Waitsfield | United States | Valley Players Theater. Retrieved 2018-05-01.
  9. ^ "The 2002 Pulitzer Prize Winner in Commentary". www.pulitzer.org. 2002. Retrieved 2018-05-01.
  10. ^ "The 2003 Pulitzer Prize Winner in Editorial Cartooning". www.pulitzer.org. 2003. Retrieved 2018-05-01.
  11. ^ "David Moats". Vermont Public Radio. Retrieved 2018-05-01.