Pulitzer Prize-winner Jacqui Banaszynski is the Knight Chair in Editing at the University of Missouri School of Journalism, a regular presenter at APME NewsTrain and the National Writers Workshops.
She has taught at American Press Institute, the University of Kansas and the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, and has served as a Pulitzer juror.
Banaszynski has worked as a projects editor at The Oregonian in Portland and at the St. Paul Pioneer Press in Minnesota. She spent 18 years as a beat reporter and take-out writer at newspapers in the Northwest and the Midwest. While at the Pioneer Press, her series “AIDS in the Heartland” – an intimate look at the life and death of a gay farm couple – won the 1988 Pulitzer Prize in feature writing and a national Distinguished Service Award from the Society of Professional Journalists.
Her coverage of the African famine was a finalist for the 1986 Pulitzer Prize in international reporting. Her deadline story from the 1988 Summer Olympics won the national AP Sports Editors contest. She has written from Kurdistan and Antarctica, and has made Page One with dog obituaries and criminal investigations. She has edited several award-winning projects, including the work of The Oregonian’s Tom Hallman Jr., which won the 1997 ASNE Best Writing Award. Banaszynski, a native of a Wisconsin farm village, is a 1974 graduate of Marquette University.
She has taught journalism at API, the Poynter Institute, the University of Kansas and the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul. She has served four times as a juror for the Pulitzer Prizes.