Pulitzer Prize Winners from the SOJC

What can real-world learning with pioneers in the field do for your career? Just ask these Pulitzer Prize winners. The SOJC propels students to new heights of career achievement, and our faculty and alumni have 13 Pulitzers to show for it. Ready to follow in the footsteps of some of the finest minds in journalism?

Byron Acohido ’77
BEAT REPORTING, 1997
Acohido's Seattle Times investigation of rudder control problems on the Boeing 737 helped fuel new safety requirements for the aerospace industry.

Rick Attig ’83 and Doug Bates ’68
PUBLIC SERVICE, 2001
The Oregonian’s unflinching examination of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service’s widespread abuses and harsh treatment of foreign nationals served as a catalyst for reform.

EDITORIAL WRITING, 2006
Attig and Bates's richly reported editorials for The Oregonian exposed abuses inside a forgotten Oregon mental hospital.

Steve Dykes ’82
SPOT NEWS REPORTING, 1993
Violence and intense deadline pressure didn’t stop the Los Angeles Times from producing balanced, penetrating coverage of the second-most destructive day of the Los Angeles riots.

SPOT NEWS REPORTING, 1995
Through chaos and devastation, the Los Angeles Times staff chronicled the aftermath of the Northridge earthquake.

BREAKING NEWS REPORTING, 2000
As photo editor, Dykes helped the Denver Post provide clear and balanced coverage of the student massacre at Columbine High School.

Drex Heikes ’75
SPOT NEWS REPORTING, 1993
Violence and intense deadline pressure didn’t stop the Los Angeles Times from producing balanced, penetrating coverage of the second-most destructive day of the Los Angeles riots.

SPOT NEWS REPORTING, 1995
Through chaos and devastation, the Los Angeles Times staff chronicled the aftermath of the Northridge earthquake.

PUBLIC SERVICE, 2009
The Las Vegas Sun exposed the truth behind the high death rate among construction workers on the Las Vegas Strip, provoking policy changes and safer workplaces.                                                                           

Ted Natt ’63
LOCAL GENERAL SPOT NEWS REPORTING, 1981
The Longview Daily News helped make history with its coverage of the 1981 Mt. St. Helens eruption, including Roger A. Werth’s iconic photographs.

Michael Richmond ’62       
LOCAL GENERAL SPOT NEWS REPORTING, 1979
When a Pacific Southwest airliner collided with a small plane above the city, the San Diego Evening Tribune documented the impact.

Nora Simon ’11
EDITORIAL WRITING, 2014
The Oregonian staff helped influence massive reforms to the state’s Public Employees Retirement System in a series of lucid editorials.

Karen Stallwood ’86
INTERNATIONAL REPORTING, 1994
Smallwood's team at the Dallas Morning News put global violence against women under the microscope.

Alex Tizon ’84
INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING, 1997
The Seattle Times investigation of widespread corruption and inequities in the federally sponsored housing program for Native Americans inspired much-needed reforms.                                                                   

Brent Walth ’84
Assistant Professor of Journalism
PUBLIC SERVICE, 2001
The Oregonian’s unflinching examination of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service’s widespread abuses and harsh treatment of foreign nationals served as a catalyst for reform.