Pulitzer Prize Centennial

To help celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Pulitzer Prize, we produced a handful of special programs to recognize Wisconsin’s unique winners and to encourage our next generation of writers.


Thornton Wilder, Edna Ferber, Zona Gale, Hamlin Garland, and Frederick Jackson Turner of Wisconsin are all past winners of the Pulitzer Prize. Wisconsin Life producer Erika Janik shares their stories as part of this special radio series on Wisconsin Public Radio to accompany her essay On Remembering.


Celebrating Excellence in Wisconsin

Joseph Pulitzer was an American journalist whose standards for excellence established him among his peers in the late 19th century. Not only a pioneering  newspaper editor and publisher, he was also an advocate for university-level training for journalists, and a visionary whose legacy has endowed the professions of journalism, photography, literature, poetry, music, and drama for the last century. The Pulitzer Prize Board annually awards 21 prizes for excellence.

The WHC’s Pulitzer Centennial projects were funded with a generous award from the Pulitzer Prize Board to raise awareness of the state’s past and present journalistic and literary stars, and their accomplishments.

Journalists in the Community

Kathleen Gallagher, Mark Johnson, Gary Porter and Allison Sherwood shared their stories as presenters for our ShopTalk program. This team of journalists won a Pulitzer Prize for their reporting for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on a story called ‘One In A Billion: A boy’s life, a medical mystery.’ Their talks were free, through ShopTalk, throughout the year.

Thoughts On Excellence & Writing

In these two special issues of our print publication, you’ll find special essays by two of Wisconsin’s finest journalists, David Maraniss and Erika Janik. On Excellence and On Remembering point to the vagaries of our collective cultural memory and the unchanging values for which the Pulitzer Prize stands.

Public Service Reporting Training for High School Students

High School journalists at 50 schools in northeast Wisconsin spent the year studying Pulitzer Prize-winning news stories and writing their own stories on a related local topic. Three student stories were chosen for cash awards from Northeast Wisconsin Scholastic Press Association (NEWSPA), the project co-sponsor and creator of the new high school journalism curriculum.


This program was part of the Pulitzer Prizes Centennial Campfires Initiative, a joint venture of the Pulitzer Prizes Board and the Federation of State Humanities Council in celebration of the centennial of the Prizes. The initiative sought to illuminate the impact of journalism and the humanities on American life today, to imagine their future and to inspire new generations to consider the values represented by the body of Pulitzer Prize-winning work.