Kenneth J. Cooper

Contributing Writer

Kenneth Cooper is a Pulitzer Prize winner, has been a journalist for more than 30 years, specializing in government, politics and social policy, at the Washington Post, Boston Globe, Knight Ridder, St. Louis Post-Dispatch and St. Louis American. In 1984, Cooper, then 28, shared a Pulitzer for special local reporting for “The Race Factor,” a Boston Globe series that examined institutional racism in Boston. He is the youngest African American to win a Pulitzer for journalism, and possibly the youngest to win the prize in any category.

He covered the nation’s capital for a dozen years, reporting on the presidential campaign of Michael Dukakis, welfare reform and health policy for the former Knight Ridder newspaper group. For the Washington Post, he covered education policy and Congress, including the "Republican revolution" that took control of Congress is 1994. He also wrote a monthly column on Washington, "Capital Scene," for Emerge magazine.

From 1996 to 1999, he was the Post's correspondent for South Asia, reporting on India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and the Maldives from his base in New Delhi. In his second stint at the Boston Globe, he was its National Editor from 2001 to 2005.

During the spring semester of 2008, he was a Fulbright Scholar at Cairo University in Egypt, conducting a statistical analysis of the domestic content of three Egyptian dailies, one government-run and two privately-owned. His findings were published in Arab Media & Society, an online journal published by American University in Cairo. He has also been a Fair Health Journalism Fellow with the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies in Washington, D.C. and a fellow at the Institute of Politics at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

In the summer of 2007, he directed a six-week training program for newspaper copy editors, sponsored by the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education and based at the University of Nevada-Reno. He lives in Boston, where he is an independent writer and editor.

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