Jon Sawyer

Director, Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting

‘Jon Sawyer is founding director of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. The Center partners with major newspapers, magazines and broadcast outlets as well as universities and high schools across the United States and Europe. In 2017 the Center provided over $1.5 million in direct support to journalists working on over 130 projects.

The Pulitzer Center has won an Emmy for new approaches to news and documentary, the Asia Society’s Goldman Sachs Foundation Prize for best use of technology in international education, and best online journalism prizes from the National Press Foundation, the Society of Professional Journalists, and the National Press Club.

Jon’s projects for the Pulitzer Center have included reporting from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, India, Bangladesh, China, Haiti, and the Caucasus. His work has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, al Jazeera English, Nieman Reports, To the Point, and PBS NewsHour.

He was co-executive producer of “,” the Center’s Emmy-award-winning website on HIV in Jamaica, and also “The Abominable Crime,” a feature-length documentary on homophobia and stigma. He was also executive producer of “Searching for Sacred Mountain,” a short documentary on the intersection of religion and environment in China.

Jon was the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Washington bureau chief from 1993 through 2005. His assignments for the Post-Dispatch took him to some five dozen countries, with special projects ranging from Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America to Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, the Middle East, the Balkans, and China.

His work has been honored by Investigative Reporters and Editors, the Overseas Press Club, the Inter-American Press Association, and the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. Jon was selected three years in a row for the National Press Club’s prize for best foreign reporting.



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