LONG BEACH -- The University of South Mississippi will commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the most prestigious award in journalism by hosting a panel discussion Thursday at the Gulf Park campus.
"The Pulitzer Prize and Mississippi Journalism" is a series presented by the Mississippi Humanities Council in partnership with the Pulitzer Board and USM's Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics.
Thursday's session, "The Pulitzer Prize in Mississippi: Responding to Natural Disasters," will feature Stan Tiner, former executive editor of the Sun Herald, which won the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of Hurricane Katrina; Natasha Tretheway, Gulfport native and winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for poetry; and Charlie Mitchell, journalism professor at the University of Mississippi and former editor of the Vicksburg Post, which won the 1954 Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of a devastating tornado.
Charles Overby, former executive editor of the Clarion-Ledger, which won the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of education reform, will moderate the panel, will take place 5 p.m. at the Hardy Hall Ballroom. A reception will follow.