Into the Issues: "100 Years of the Pulitzer" - Mike Pride
The Times Argus continues it's series of discussions on media issues today with Mike Pride, retired administrator of the Pulitzer Prizes and editor emeritus of the Concord (N.H.) Monitor, where he ran the newsroom for 30 years.
Pride served on four Pulitzer Prize journalism juries and judged the American Society of Newspaper Editors writing awards. He was a member of the Pulitzer Prize board from 1999 through 2008 and retired this summer after three years as the prize administrator.
During his tenure as editor of the Monitor, the paper was often cited for excellence in journalism. TIME once described it as one of the best papers in the country, and it was chosen as a New England Newspaper of the Year 19 times. The National Press Foundation named Pride national editor of the year in 1986 for guiding the Monitor’s coverage of the Challenger disaster. He later won the Yankee Quill Award for contributions to New England Journalism.
Pride was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University in 1984-85 and has also been a fellow at Stanford University and a scholar-in-residence at Gettysburg College. He has written extensively about politics, poetry, journalism and history and in the early 2000s served as a regular columnist for Brill’s Content. His work has also appeared in Newsweek, The Boston Globe, the Baltimore Sun, Historical New Hampshire, Green Mountains Review, Sewanee Review, Nieman Reports, Columbia Journalism Review and many other publications.
He has authored or co-authored four books on New Hampshire history: My Brave Boys, The New Hampshire Century, Abraham Lincoln in New Hampshire, We Went to War and Our War. He also helped Steve Raymond, a Bataan Death March survivor, compile and publish his memoir, Too Dead to Die.
Pride grew up in Florida. He attended the University of Florida and the University of South Florida, where he received a B.A. in American Studies and also did graduate work in American history. He served in the US. Army from 1966 to 1970. Before his move to New Hampshire, he worked at the St. Petersburg Times, The Tampa Tribune, the Clearwater Sun and the Tallahassee Democrat.
He and his wife Monique live in Bow and Goshen, N.H.