The Pulitzer Prize is the most esteemed award in journalism, literature and art. The ultimate medal at the end of a successful race every journalist aspires to receive. This prize not only represents an incredible journey, but also the talent and dedication put into their career. Administered by Columbia University, the Pulitzer board is made up of 19 of the best leading journalists and executives from across the country. For a very long time now, Latinos have been making their names known through-out America bringing about a change in the world of communications. Although they make up a part of the minority in the country, a small group can make a difference in society.
Miami Herald Executive Editor Aminda Marques and playwright Quiara Alegria Hudes are the two leading Latinas that have been selected to join the board in recent years.
Marques, 49, graduated from Hialeah High and the University of Florida. She began her journalism career 25 years ago at The Miami Herald where she interned covering community news. Now, she oversees The Herald’s newsroom for print and online content. She left the Miami Herald for some time to lead People’s Magazine Miami bureau, but returned to The Herald in 2007 as a multimedia and features editor where she helped launch Miami.com, and redesigned the tropical life section. In addition, she later was named Executive Editor in November 2010; making her the second woman and the first Hispanic to hold the position. Once she was back in the office, Marques was assigned the lead coverage of the Haiti earthquake and was named a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2011.
Quiara Alegria Hudes
Born to a Jewish father and a Puerto Rican mother, Quiara was raised in West Philadelphia where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Music Composition at Yale, and playwriting at Brown University. Some of her most notable productions are Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue, Water by the Spoonful, and The Happiest Song Plays Last. In 2007, Elliot was a Pulitzer Prize finalist, and has been performed around the country, Romania, and Brazil. After its premiere at the Hartford Stage Company, her play Water by the Spoonful, sequel to Elliot, won the Pulitzer Prize in 2012. Her latest production The Happiest Song Plays Last opened in the Goodman Theatre in Chicago earlier in this year, which completed the last piece of the trilogy. She is also the second woman and first Hispanic to be introduced into the Central High School’s Alumni Hall Of Fame – her former high school.
Latinas have a powerful force in the department of journalism and the arts. The number of Latinos getting involved in the media is notably increasing and it is proof that anybody that has a vision for the future can succeed.