About Us


The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting is an innovative award-winning non-profit journalism organization dedicated to supporting in-depth engagement with underreported global affairs through our sponsorship of quality international journalism across all media platforms and a unique program of outreach and education to schools and universities.

• Over 150 projects each year, featuring print series, documentaries, data interactives, and e-books
• Nearly $2 million annually in direct support of journalists
• Partnerships with outlets ranging from The New York Times and PBS NewsHour to The New Yorker, NPR, Time Magazine, National Geographic, and many more
• Close to 500 events each year for K-12 schools and college audiences, including lectures, panel discussions, film screenings, and photography exhibits

The Pulitzer Center is a bold initiative, in keeping with its deep ties to the family whose name for more than a century has been a watchword for journalistic independence, integrity, and courage.

When Joseph Pulitzer III became editor of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch a half century ago, he paid tribute to that legacy. "Not only will we report the day's news," he said, "but we will illuminate dark places and, with a deep sense of responsibility, interpret these troubled times." The Pulitzer Center is driven by that same mission and deep sense of responsibility, in times just as troubled.

Jon Sawyer, the Pulitzer Center's founding director, is a former Washington bureau chief for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. He has reported from five dozen countries around the world and is a three-time winner of the National Press Club prize for best foreign correspondence.


Since its founding in 2006 the Pulitzer Center has built a reputation for its searching examination of issues that too often go ignored.

• Larry Price's Emmy-winning reporting on the health and environmental consequences of small-scale gold mining. One of several dozen collaborations with PBS NewsHour.
• A multi-part series on ocean acidification with The Seattle Times. One of over 30 projects on climate change.
• A documentary by Fiona Lloyd-Davies on Congolese women who have survived rape and war. One of over 70 projects on women and children in crisis.
• "RoadsKill," an interactive map with reporting from around the world on road traffic as a public health threat that kills 1.2 million persons a year. An example of the Pulitzer Center's innovative use of data and graphics.


The Center's educational programs provide students with fresh information on global issues, help them think critically about the creation and dissemination of news, and inspire them to become active consumers and producers of information.

• The Campus Consortium is a network of nearly 35 universities and community colleges that support in-person visits by Pulitzer Center journalists and international reporting fellowships for students.
• The secondary school programs bring Pulitzer Center journalism directly into classrooms to engage secondary and middle school students.
• The “Lesson Builder” digital tool lets teachers draw from our thousands of stories, videos and photographs to tailor lesson plans to their students’ needs.


Work supported by the Pulitzer Center has won numerous awards, among them three national Emmys, the Pulitzer Prize, the Edward R. Murrow Award, five Robert F. Kennedy Awards, seven Overseas Press Club Awards, a Geoge Polk Award, a Peabody Award, and best online reporting honors from the National Press Club, the National Press Foundation, and the Society of Professional Journalists.

The Pulitzer Center is recognized as a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.