When a team of Los Angeles Times editors and reporters claimed this year’s Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Coverage, it generated some additional breaking news on the campus of the University of Arizona. Four of the cited reporters are recent School of Journalism graduates.
Sharing in the admittedly slightly bittersweet glory of winning for reporting on the San Bernardino terrorist attacks Stephen Ceasar (Class of 2009), Marisa Gerber (2011), Kristina Bui (2013) and Brittny Mejia (2014) [Editor’s Note: That’s not a typo; Brittny is indeed how Mejia spells her first name]. From a write-up in the Arizona Daily Wildcat:
Don Hecker, former director of the New York Times Student Journalism Institute , said he remembers working with both Ceasar and Gerber, who were both chosen during their college years as one of the 12 best and brightest student journalists from across the country.
He said they are great reporters who come from a great journalism program, and that he was not surprised they got recognition for their hard work and talent.
“That program is really really good, it’s a very broad program that has been a well funded program.” Hecker said. “That program puts its money back into it’s students.”
The Arizona Daily Wildcat student newspaper article has some nice photos of the alums in question as well as some fun background color about how the L.A. Times newsroom felt immediately to some of them like a “mini Tucson.”