Sig Gissler

Sig Gissler is an adjunct professor of journalism at Columbia University and the former administrator of the Pulitzer Prizes.[1][2][3]


Sig Gissler was born in Chicago.[4] He is a graduate of Lake Forest College and completed graduate work in political science at Northwestern University.[5] After writing for the Libertyville Independent-Register and serving as executive editor of the Waukegan News-Sun, he joined The Milwaukee Journal in 1967.[2][3][4]

Following a Knight Fellowship at Stanford University in 1976, he became editorial page editor of the Journal; in 1985, he was appointed editor of the newspaper. During his tenure, the Journal assembled a more diverse staff and completed a year-long examination of racial issues in 1991.

After his nominal retirement in 1993, he taught at Stanford and Indiana Universities as a visiting professor.[2][4][5] In 1994, he joined the full-time faculty of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where he served as a senior fellow at the now-defunct Freedom Forum Media Studies Center; spearheaded a Ford Foundation-sponsored workshop on journalism, race and ethnicity ("Let's Do It Better"); and taught seminars on new media and the coverage of racial and ethnic issues in urban America in addition to the Journalism School's introductory reporting and writing course.[2][3][4][5] In 2002, he received the Columbia University Presidential Teaching Award.[5] From 2002 to 2014, he served as the administrator of the Pulitzer Prizes while remaining a special faculty member at the Graduate School of Journalism.[2][3][4]

As administrator, he declined to revoke the controversial Pulitzer Prize awarded to Walter Duranty. In a press release of 21 November 2003, he stated that with regard to the 13 articles by Duranty from 1931 submitted for the award "there was not clear and convincing evidence of deliberate deception, the relevant standard in this case."[6]


  1. ^ Columbia webpage
  2. ^ a b c d e Pulitzer Prizes webpage
  3. ^ a b c d Columbia News
  4. ^ a b c d e Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism webpage Archived 2008-01-20 at
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2012 Pulitzer Prize

The 2012 Pulitzer Prizes were awarded on April 16, 2012 by the Pulitzer Prize Board for work during the 2011 calendar year. The deadline for submitting entries was January 25, 2012. For the first time, all entries for journalism were required to be submitted electronically. In addition, the criteria for the Pulitzer Prize for Local Reporting has been revised to focus on real-time reporting of breaking news. For the eleventh time in Pulitzer's history (and the first since 1977), no book received the Fiction Prize.

Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

The Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism is the journalism school of Columbia University. It is located in Pulitzer Hall on Columbia's Morningside Heights campus in New York City.

Founded in 1912 by Joseph Pulitzer, Columbia Journalism School is the only journalism school in the Ivy League and one of the oldest in the world. It offers four degree programs: 1) master of science; 2) master of arts; 3) a variety of dual degrees, including a master of science in journalism and computer science; and 4) a doctor of philosophy in communications.

The school houses the Pulitzer Prizes, arguably journalism's most prestigious award. It also directly administers several other prizes, including the Alfred I. duPont–Columbia University Award, honoring excellence in broadcast and digital journalism in the public service. It co-sponsors the National Magazine Awards, also known as the Ellie Awards, and publishes the Columbia Journalism Review, a widely respected voice on press criticism since 1961.

In addition to offering professional development programs, fellowships and workshops, the school is home to the Tow Center for Digital Journalism, which explores technological changes in journalism, and the Brown Institute for Media Innovation, which supports innovation in storytelling in the digital age.

Admission to the school is highly selective and has traditionally drawn a very international student body. A faculty of experienced professionals preeminent in their respective fields, including politics, arts and culture, religion, science, education, business and economics, investigative reporting, and national and international affairs, instruct students. A Board of Visitors meets periodically to advise the dean's office and support the school's initiatives.

Glenn Gissler

Glenn Gissler is an American interior designer, based in New York City. He is the owner of Glenn Gissler Design, Inc.

Gissler is known for his residential design work with such clients as fashion designer Michael Kors and comedy club impresario Caroline Hirsch. He has also consulted on residential projects for fashion designer Calvin Klein, hotelier Ian Schrager and other leaders in the financial and entertainment worlds.In naming him one of New York's Top 50 Designers, New York Spaces wrote: "Gissler's interior design practice is a culmination of a lifelong interest in 20th-century art, literature, fashion, historic preservation, and architectural history. These interests are manifest in work that is stylistically diverse, but beautifully crafted and integrated into the architecture of the space."

Pulitzer Prize

The Pulitzer Prize is an award for achievements in newspaper, magazine and online journalism, literature, and musical composition in the United States. It was established in 1917 by provisions in the will of American (Hungarian-born) Joseph Pulitzer who had made his fortune as a newspaper publisher, and is administered by Columbia University in New York City. Prizes are awarded yearly in twenty-one categories. In twenty of the categories, each winner receives a certificate and a US$15,000 cash award (raised from $10,000 in 2017). The winner in the public service category of the journalism competition is awarded a gold medal.

Pulitzer Prize for Music

The Pulitzer Prize for Music is one of seven Pulitzer Prizes awarded annually in Letters, Drama, and Music. It was first given in 1943. Joseph Pulitzer arranged for a music scholarship to be awarded each year, and this was eventually converted into a prize: "For a distinguished musical composition of significant dimension by an American that has had its first performance in the United States during the year." Because of the requirement that the composition have its world premiere during the year of its award, the winning work had rarely been recorded and sometimes had received only one performance. In 2004 the terms were modified to read, "For a distinguished musical composition by an American that has had its first performance or recording in the United States during the year."

Sig (given name)

Sig is a given name. Notable people with the given name include:

Sig Andrusking (1913–1994), American football player

Sig Arno (1895–1975), German-Jewish film actor

Sig Broskie (1911–1975), American baseball player

Sig Gissler, American professor

Sig Grava (1934–2009), American scholar

Sig Gryska (1914–1994), American baseball player

Sig Hansen (born 1966), American captain of the fishing vessel Northwestern

Sig Haugdahl (1891–1970), Norwegian racing driver

Sig Herzig (1897–1985), American screenwriter

Sig Jakucki (1909–1979), American baseball player

Sig Libowitz, American lawyer

Sig Mejdal (born 1965), American baseball statisticians

Sig Rogich, Icelandic-American businessman

Sig Ruman (1884–1967), German-American actor

Sig Shore (1919–2006), American film director

Walter Duranty

Walter Duranty (May 25, 1884 – October 3, 1957) was a Liverpool-born, Anglo-American journalist who served as the Moscow Bureau Chief of The New York Times for fourteen years (1922–1936) following the Bolshevik victory in the Russian Civil War (1918–1921).

In 1932 Duranty received a Pulitzer Prize for a series of reports about the Soviet Union, eleven of which were published in June 1931. He was criticized for his subsequent denial of widespread famine (1932–1933) in the USSR, most particularly the mass starvation in Ukraine. Years later, there were calls to revoke his Pulitzer. In 1990, The New York Times, which submitted his works for the prize in 1932, wrote that his later articles denying the famine constituted "some of the worst reporting to appear in this newspaper."

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