Miami Herald’s Aminda Marqués González to Co-chair Pulitzer Prize Board

The execuitve editor and publisher is the first Hispanic to serve as Pulitzer board chair

The Miami Herald’s Aminda Marqués González is the first Hispanic to serve as a Pulitzer board chair.

Aminda Marqués González, executive editor, president and publisher of the Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald, has been appointed co-chair of the Pulitzer Prize Board, the Miami Herald reported. Marqués has been a member of the board since 2012. She is the first Hispanic to serve as a Pulitzer board chair. She will serve as co-chair with Stephen Engelberg, editor-in-chief of ProPublica.

The board presides over the judging process of the Pulitzer Prize, considered the highest achievement in journalism. It is administered by Columbia University and named for newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer.

Marqués grew up in South Florida and began her journalism career in 1986 at the Miami Herald as an intern. She was recently inducted into the National Association of Hispanic Journalists Hall of Fame. In February, she was honored with the National Press Foundation’s Benjamin C. Bradlee Editor of the Year Award.

During her tenure as executive editor, the Miami Herald has won two Pulitzer Prizes and has been a finalist five times. The Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald also have been honored with numerous awards for coverage, including the investigation of Jeffrey Epstein, and the turmoil and natural disasters in Venezuela, Haiti, Cuba and Puerto Rico.

Other assignments for Marqués include working as a metro reporter, assistant city editor and deputy metro editor, directing the Miami Herald’s local, state and community news operations. She also was Miami bureau chief for People magazine. She returned to the Miami Herald in 2007 and was named executive editor in October 2010. During her tenure as executive editor, the Miami Herald has won two Pulitzer Prizes and has been a finalist five times. In 2017, the Herald was awarded two Pulitzers, for explanatory reporting and editorial cartooning.

Marqués is a 1986 graduate of the University of Florida, where she was honored in 2012 as an Alumnus of Distinction by the College of Journalism and Communications.

As board co-chairs, Marqués and Engelberg succeed Robert Blau, Bloomberg News executive editor of projects and investigations in Washington, and Steven Hahn, professor of history at New York University.

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