Jacqui Banaszynski holds the Knight Chair at the Missouri School of Journalism, where she focuses on coaching the true storytellers of the 21st newspaper reporring career took her to all seven continents, including three trips to Antarctica. She has covered corruption and crime, beauty pageants and popes, AIDS and the Olympics, dogsled expeditions and refugee camps, labor strikes and political strife, traffic fatalities and family tragedies.
She won the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for an intimate series on a gay farm couple dying of AIDS, and was a finalist for the 1986 Pulitzer Prize in international reporting for her eyewitness account of the famine crisis in sub-Saharan Africa. In 1991, she reported from the field as Kurdish refugees fled from Iraq to Turkey after the first war in Iraq. She won the Associated Press Sports Editors’ deadline award for coverage of Greco-Roman wrestling at the 1988 Olympics. Projects she has edited have won ASNE Best Newspaper Writing, Ernie Pyle Human Interest Writing and national business, social issues and investigative prizes.
Her students frequently place in the Hearst Awards, considered the Pulitzer Prizes of college journalism. She is an editing fellow at The Poynter Institute, and teaches reporters, writers and editors around the world. In 2008, she was named to the Feature Writers Hall of Fame.