Alum Wins Pulitzer Prize

Kalani Gordon
Kalani Gordon ('12)

Kalani Gordon ('12), a graduate of UNT's Mayborn School of Journalism, in May was named a Pulitzer Prize winner for local reporting as part of a team from the Baltimore Sun that revealed corruption by former mayor Catherine Pugh. The team discovered Pugh had no-bid contracts with the University of Maryland's medical system to boost profits for her self-published children's book, and their reporting resulted in the mayor's resignation and a February sentencing of three years in federal prison.

Gordon serves as director of audience and analytics for the Sun, and previously worked as digital assistant managing editor at The Evening Sun of Hanover, Pennsylvania, and as a breaking news intern for The Dallas Morning News. In 2016, she was a Pulitzer finalist as part of the Sun's breaking news team for their coverage of riots following the death of Freddie Gray, who died while being transported in a police van.

Additionally, Annette Nevins ('14 M.J.), an adjunct professor in the Mayborn School of Journalism, was named a Pulitzer Finalist in May for her work as part of a Washington Post team reporting on a series of back-to-back mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, Ohio.

"I am grateful for the great sensitivity and perspective shown by the team of reporters and editors I worked with for this project, which I often share with my students as a teaching tool in the classroom," Nevins says.

Gordon and Nevins are part of a group of 15 living UNT alumni who have been recognized as Pulitzer winners or finalists.

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