Skube chairs his third
Pulitzer Prize jury


School of Communications faculty member Michael Skube served as chairman for the General Nonfiction jury for the 2005 Pulitzer Prizes, which were announced April 4 by the The Pulitzer Prize Board at Columbia University in New York.

The Board, which comprises distinguished journalists and academics, awarded the prize this year to Steve Coll for "Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan and Bin Laden, From the Soviet Invasion to Sept. 10, 2001." The two finalists in the category were "The Devil's Highway," by Luis Alberto Urrea
CQ/MS and "Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found," by Suketu Mehta.

The other members of the General Nonfiction jury were Adam Hochschild, author and professor at the University of California at Berkeley, and Frank Wilson, book critic of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Skube, a past winner of the prize for Criticism, has been a member of numerous Pulitzer juries in recent years and the chairman of three.

"Ghost Wars" details 20 years of largely covert American involvement in Afghanistan, and the simultaneous formation of the al Qaeda terrorist organization. Skube was quoted in an April 5 Washington Post article about Coll's winning book. He told reporter Linton Weeks that Coll's book "Ghost Wars" was "an extraordinary tour de force of reporting and quite a narrative masterpiece." He added: "The reporting and the narrative had no equal in the books we saw last year."

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