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Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and SMU journalism professor Craig Flournoy has been recognized by the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Participation at the University of Texas at Austin as one of eight Texans who helped improve the lives of those who live in their communities.
In selecting Flournoy, The Institute cited his work as an investigative reporter at The Dallas Morning News, which resulted in better living conditions for hundreds of families living in low-income housing, as well as investigative projects done by students that he directed at SMU.
"I readily agreed to participate in this project," Flournoy said, "because I like the American Trustees' long-term goal – trying to encourage young people to get involved in their communities by telling stories about various Texans who have made a difference. The American Trustees web site is available to teachers throughout Texas and includes class assignments that incorporate the documentaries."
The project uses documentaries to teach young people about the importance of civic participation. A documentary about Flournoy and other winners is available at http://www.americantrusteesproject.org/.
Flournoy teaches advanced news writing, computer-assisted reporting, history of American journalism and investigative reporting. His research interests include media coverage of minorities and social movements. He was an investigative reporter for The Dallas Morning News for 22 years. He has won more than 50 state and national journalism awards, including the 1986 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting ó the first Pulitzer awarded to The Dallas Morning News.
Flournoy also was one of three finalists for the 1997 Pulitzer Prize for Beat Reporting. Other national awards include The Associated Press Managing Editors Associationís Public Service Award, the American Bar Associationís Silver Gavel Award, the Investigative Reporters and Editorsí Medal for Outstanding Investigative Reporting, the Worth Bingham Prize for Investigative Reporting and the Scripps Howard Edward J. Meeman Award for Environmental Reporting. He also won 11 Dallas Press Club Katie awards, including five for investigative reporting.
Flournoy received a Bachelor of Arts degree in history with honors in 1975 from the University of New Orleans. He received a Master of Arts degree in history in 1986 from Southern Methodist University. In 1997-98, he was the Philip G. Warner Professor of Journalism at Sam Houston State University, the only working journalist to hold that chair. In August 2003, he became the first graduate to earn a doctorate from the Manship School of Mass Communication at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.
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