WSJ  editor Gigot elected to Pulitzer board


NEW YORK -- Paul Gigot, the editorial page editor and vice president of The Wall Street Journal, has been elected to the Pulitzer Prize board, Columbia University announced Thursday.

Gigot was selected during a recent board meeting in New York.

He replaces Paul Steiger, the former managing editor of the Journal who left the newspaper to help start a new journalism venture called ProPublica. Steiger completed nine years in April on the 19-member board.

Gigot has spent nearly three decades with the paper, joining in 1980 as a reporter in Chicago and rising to Asia correspondent in 1982. In 1987, he was assigned to Washington, where he contributed editorials and a weekly column on politics, "Potomac Watch," that won the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for commentary.

Gigot also hosts a weekly half-hour news program, the "Journal Editorial Report," on Fox News Channel.

The Pulitzers will be announced April 7. They are awarded annually for excellence in journalism, literature, music and drama in 21 categories. The prizes are administered at Columbia and were established by Joseph Pulitzer, a journalist and newspaper publisher.

Voting members may serve three terms of three years for a total of nine years.