Mike Toner

Mike Toner (born March 17, 1944) was the recipient of the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Journalism.


Toner was born in Le Mars, Iowa, from Irish American parents.


Toner graduated from both the University of Iowa (Bachelors in Journalism and Mass Communication, 1966) and the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in 1967.[1]


In 2012 Mike Toner received the Gene S. Stuart Award for his "responsible and entertaining writing about the inherent problems associated with shipwreck and underwater archaeology." Titled, 'The Battle for the Dunkirk Schooner,’ this piece is "an ethically responsible and engaging view on the issues of antiquity ownership and the dangers of raising a shipwreck." Through this work, he has "brought an archaeological find and preservation issues to the attention of the public in a way all archaeologists can be proud of."[2] This is Toner’s second Gene S. Stuart Award. The first one he was awarded was in 2001 at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

In 1993 he won the Pulitzer Prize in the category of American Archaeology for his series about organisms and their resistance to antibiotics and pesticides, entitled 'When Bugs Fight Back'.

Photo ops

In 1980, Toner nearly fell out of a helicopter while taking pictures of the Mount St. Helens eruption. Four years later he encouraged a helicopter pilot to dip the aircraft closer to red-hot lava – just so that he would be able to get a better photograph of the molten flood.[3]

Toner spent three weeks doing research in Peru for an ongoing five-part series titled 'Past in Peril,' highlighting the evils of smuggling ancient artifacts from their native sites. The Amazon jungles he trekked through were often in cocaine-producing regions.[4]


Toner was one of the judges of the 2014 Writing Contest, held on April 27, 2015 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.).[5]


  1. ^ "Michael F. Toner (MSJ67)". Medill Northwestern University. Retrieved 20 May 2015.
  2. ^ "Gene S. Stuart Award". Society for American Archaeology. Retrieved 20 May 2015.
  3. ^ "Program of the 77th Annual Meeting" (PDF). SAA. Retrieved 20 May 2015.
  4. ^ Fulton, Paul. "Pulitzer prize winner shares insights". Red and Black. Retrieved 20 May 2015.
  5. ^ "2014 Writing Contest Winners". NAAJ. Retrieved 20 May 2015.
Alvin Clark (schooner)

Alvin Clark was a schooner which was constructed in 1847 and sank in Green Bay in 1864. It was salvaged in 1969 and moored in Menominee, Michigan at the Mystery Ship Seaport, located in the Menominee River at the foot of Sixth Avenue. The ship was designated a Michigan State Historic Site in 1972 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. Although the schooner was in pristine condition when raised, no plans were in place for its conservation, and the ship rapidly deteriorated. The remains of Alvin Clark were destroyed in 1994.

Battle of Fort Peter

The Battle of Fort Point Peter was a successful attack in early 1815 by a British force on a smaller American force on the Georgia side of the St. Marys River near St. Marys, Georgia. The river was then part of the international border between the United States and British-allied Spanish Florida; it now forms part of the boundary between Georgia and Florida. Occupying coastal Camden County allowed the British to blockade American transportation on the Intracoastal Waterway. The attack on Forts St. Tammany and Peter occurred in January 1815, after the signing of the Treaty of Ghent, which would end the War of 1812, but before the treaty's ratification. The attack occurred at the same time as the siege of Fort St. Philip in Louisiana and was part of the British occupation of St. Marys and Cumberland Island.

Etowah Indian Mounds

Etowah Indian Mounds (9BR1) are a 54-acre (220,000 m2) archaeological site in Bartow County, Georgia south of Cartersville, in the United States. Built and occupied in three phases, from 1000–1550 AD, the prehistoric site is located on the north shore of the Etowah River. Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site is a designated National Historic Landmark, managed by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. It is the most intact Mississippian culture site in the Southeastern United States.

Etowah plates

The Etowah plates, including the Rogan Plates, are a collection of Mississippian copper plates discovered in Mound C at the Etowah Indian Mounds near Cartersville, Georgia. Many of the plates display iconography that archaeologists have classified as part of the Southeastern Ceremonial Complex (S.E.C.C.), specifically "Birdman" imagery associated with warriors and the priestly elite. The plates are a combination of foreign imports and local items manufactured in emulation of the imported style. The designs of the Rogan plates are in the Classic Braden style from the American Bottom area. It is generally thought that some of the plates were manufactured at Cahokia (in present-day Illinois near St Louis, Missouri) before ending up at sites in the Southeast.

The plates are similar to a number of other plates found in locations across the southeastern and midwestern United States, including the plates of the Wulfing cache found in southeast Missouri and the numerous plates found in the mortuary chamber of the Craig Mound at the Spiro site in eastern Oklahoma. The designs of the plates from these locations, together with the iconography found on artifacts at the Moundville Archaeological Site in Hale County, Alabama, were the basis from which archaeologists developed the concept of the S.E.C.C. beginning in 1945.

Philip Jackson (actor)

Philip Jackson (born 18 June 1948) is an English actor, known for his many television and film roles, most notably as Chief Inspector Japp in the television series Agatha Christie's Poirot and as Abbot Hugo, one of the recurring adversaries in the cult 1980s series Robin of Sherwood.Jackson was born in Retford, Nottinghamshire. He started acting while studying Drama and German at the University of Bristol, and has worked in the theatre in Leeds, Liverpool and London. His stage work includes Pozzo in Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot at the Queen's Theatre in the West End in 1991 and Willy Loman in Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman" at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds in 2010. He was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award for his role in Little Voice (1998).

His many television appearances have included Coronation Street, Robin of Sherwood, A Touch of Frost, Foyle's War, Midsomer Murders, Heartbeat, Little Britain, Hamish Macbeth, Raised by Wolves (TV series) and Last of the Summer Wine. He has also appeared in films, including the 1979 Scum and Paul McCartney's Give My Regards to Broad Street, Brassed Off, Mike Bassett: England Manager, "Grow Your Own", and My Week with Marilyn. In 2007 he starred in the BBC Radio adaptation of the Petrella mysteries by Michael Gilbert, and guest-starred in the Doctor Who audio play "Valhalla". In 2009 he starred as Gaynor's father Roy in the BBC 2 sitcom Home Time. In "Night Watch", he played Commander Vimes and in "Mort", he played Death's butler/cook, Albert who is eventually revealed to be Alberto Malich. He also voiced Risda Tarkaan on the BBC radio drama version of The Last Battle. He recently read Gulliver's Travels as an audiobook, and Martin Cruz Smith's Three Stations for BBC Radio 4’s Book at Bedtime.In 2011, Jackson starred as Ron in the three-part BBC comedy drama series Sugartown alongside The Royle Family star Sue Johnston and actor Tom Ellis. He also appeared in the music video of A-Ha's "Take on Me".

In 2012, he appeared in the twice Oscar nominated film My Week with Marilyn as Marilyn's security guard.

He plays Jaz Milvane in the long running Radio 4 series Ed Reardon's Week, written by Christopher Douglas and Andrew Nickolds.

Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting

The Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting has been presented since 1998, for a distinguished example of explanatory reporting that illuminates a significant and complex subject, demonstrating mastery of the subject, lucid writing and clear presentation. From 1985 to 1997, it was known as the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Journalism.

The Pulitzer Prize Board announced the new category in November 1984, citing a series of explanatory articles that seven months earlier had won the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing. The series, "Making It Fly" by Peter Rinearson of The Seattle Times, was a 29,000-word account of the development of the Boeing 757 jetliner. It had been entered in the National Reporting category, but judges moved it to Feature Writing to award it a prize. In the aftermath, the Pulitzer Prize Board said it was creating the new category in part because of the ambiguity about where explanatory accounts such as "Making It Fly" should be recognized. The Pulitzer Committee issues an official citation explaining the reasons for the award.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC) is the only major daily newspaper in the metropolitan area of Atlanta, Georgia, United States. It is the flagship publication of Cox Enterprises. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is the result of the merger between The Atlanta Journal and The Atlanta Constitution. The two staffs were combined in 1982. Separate publication of the morning Constitution and afternoon Journal ended in 2001 in favor of a single morning paper under the Journal-Constitution name.The AJC has its headquarters in the Atlanta suburb of Dunwoody, Georgia. It is co-owned with television flagship WSB-TV and six radio stations, which are located separately in midtown Atlanta. Past issues of the newspaper are archived in the United States Library of Congress.

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