Sig Gissler

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Sig Gissler is an adjunct professor of journalism at Columbia University and the former administrator of the Pulitzer Prizes.[1][2][3]


Sig Gissler was born in Chicago.[4] He is a graduate of Lake Forest College and completed graduate work in political science at Northwestern University.[5] After writing for the Libertyville Independent-Register and serving as executive editor of the Waukegan News-Sun, he joined The Milwaukee Journal in 1967.[4][2][3] Following a Knight Fellowship at Stanford University in 1976, he became editorial page editor of the Journal; in 1985, he was appointed editor of the newspaper. During his tenure, the Journal assembled a more diverse staff and completed a year-long examination of racial issues in 1991. After his nominal retirement in 1993, he taught at Stanford and Indiana Universities as a visiting professor.[4][2][6] In 1994, he joined the full-time faculty of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where he served as a senior fellow at the now-defunct Freedom Forum Media Studies Center; spearheaded a Ford Foundation-sponsored workshop on journalism, race and ethnicity ("Let's Do It Better"); and taught seminars on new media and the coverage of racial and ethnic issues in urban America in addition to the Journalism School's introductory reporting and writing course.[4][2][3][7] In 2002, he received the Columbia University Presidential Teaching Award.[8] From 2002 to 2014, he served as the administrator of the Pulitzer Prizes while remaining a special faculty member at the Graduate School of Journalism.[4][2][3]