Lee Bollinger, president of Columbia University, has announced that Dana Canedy will be the new administrator of the Pulitzer Prizes. Canedy has worked at the New York Times since 1996, most recently as special adviser to the chief executive officer and executive editor. Earlier, she was a business reporter and served as Florida bureau chief. In Florida, she covered the 2000 presidential election recount and the flight school training of the 9/11 terrorists. Before joining the Times, Canedy was a reported and editor at The Plain Dealer in Cleveland.
In 2001, as a special projects reporter for the Times, Canedy was the lead journalist in a series entitled “How Race Is Lived in America.” The series won the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting.
Charles Monroe King, Canedy’s partner and the father of her child Jordan, was killed in the first Iraq War. She used his diary as the basis for the book A Journal for Jordan: A Story of Love and Honor (Crown Publishers, 2008). The book is scheduled to become a movie starring Denzel Washington.
Canedy is a native of Indianapolis and grew up in Kentucky. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Kentucky.