Tom Knudson

Thomas "Tom" Jeffrey Knudson (born 6 July 1953) is an American journalist and a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner in 1985 and 1992.

Tom Knudson
Thomas Jeffrey Knudson

July 6, 1953 (age 65)
Manning, Iowa, U.S.
Alma materIowa State University


Thomas Jeffrey Knudson was born 6 July 1953 in the city of Manning in Carroll County, Iowa.[1] He attended Thomas Jefferson High School in Council Bluffs, Iowa, graduating the class of 1971.[1] In 1980, he graduated with a B.A. degree in Journalism from Iowa State University (ISU).[2]

After graduation in June 1980, Knudson joined The Des Moine Register as a full time journalist.[1] And later becoming the lead for the Iowa City news journal for The Des Moine Register.[1]

In 1985, Knudson created a series of articles published in The Des Moine Register that examined the occupational dangers of farming, including high cancer rates and machinery-related accidents.[3][4] A number of his family members were farmers in the Manning-area, and when he was a boy, his cousin had been run over by a tractor.[3] This article won him the 1985 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting.[4]

Knudson's' "The Sierra in Peril," article was published in The Sacramento Bee which looked in depth at the environmental issues in the Sierra Nevada mountain range in California.[5] He won the 1992 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for this article.[5][6]


  1. ^ a b c d Fischer, Heinz Dietrich; Fischer, Erika J. (2002). Complete Biographical Encyclopedia of Pulitzer Prize Winners, 1917-2000: Journalists, Writers and Composers on Their Ways to the Coveted Awards. Walter de Gruyter. p. 130. ISBN 3598301707 – via Google Books.
  2. ^ "Distinguished Alumni". Iowa State University, Office of Admissions. Retrieved 2018-11-19.
  3. ^ a b "Winners of the Pulitzer Prizes in Journalism, Letters and the Arts". The New York Times. 1985-04-25. Retrieved 2018-11-19.
  4. ^ a b "Thomas J. Knudson of Des Moines Register". Retrieved 2018-11-19.
  5. ^ a b "The Sacramento (CA) Bee". Retrieved 2018-11-19.
  6. ^ Shaw, David (1992-04-08). "Series on Sierras Garners Pulitzer for Sacramento Bee: Awards: Newspaper also wins reporting prize. Both Newsday and N.Y. Times win 2 honors each". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2018-11-19.
1992 Pulitzer Prize

The following are the Pulitzer Prizes for 1992.

Animal welfare in the United States

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List of Iowa State University people

This list includes notable alumni, non-matriculating, faculty, and staff of what is now Iowa State University (ISU).

Manning, Iowa

Manning is a city in Carroll County, Iowa, United States, along Iowa Highway 141. The population was 1,500 at the 2010 census. It is named for Orlando Harrison Manning, a Lieutenant Governor of Iowa.

Orang Rimba people

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Following Malay classifications, early Europeans divided the Kubu into two categories: 'tame' or 'civilized' Kubu, who were predominantly swidden farmers, and 'wild' Kubu, who lived deep in the forests, and made much stronger efforts to avoid close relations with the outside world. While closely related to Malay speaking peoples, these peoples represent two separate cultural groups, which have different economic and socio-religious systems.

Pulitzer Prize for Public Service

The Pulitzer Prize for Public Service is one of the fourteen American Pulitzer Prizes annually awarded for journalism. It recognizes a distinguished example of meritorious public service by a newspaper or news site through the use of its journalistic resources, which may include editorials, cartoons, photographs, graphics, video and other online material, and may be presented in print or online or both.

The Public Service prize was one of the original Pulitzers, established in 1917, but no award was given that year. It is the only prize in the program that awards a gold medal and is the most prestigious one for a newspaper to win.

As with other Pulitzer Prizes, a committee of jurors narrows the field to three nominees, from which the Pulitzer Board generally picks a winner and finalists. Finalists have been made public since 1980. The Pulitzer Board issues an official citation explaining the reason for the award.

Rwenzori Mountains

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The Hillman Prize

The Hillman Prize is a journalism award given out annually by The Sidney Hillman Foundation, named for noted American labor leader Sidney Hillman. It is given to "journalists, writers and public figures who pursue social justice and public policy for the common good."Murray Kempton was the first recipient, in 1950. Organizations have also received the award. Each winner receives $5,000.

Thomas Jefferson High School (Council Bluffs, Iowa)

Thomas Jefferson High School is a public high school located in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

The school was opened in 1922 to service students on the west end of Council Bluffs.

In 1986, students from the ninth grade were moved from the junior high school system to the high school system. Prior to this, the high school taught only the 10th, 11th and 12th grades.

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