Pulitzer Prize Winner

Jacqueline Petchel
Professor, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication

Jacquee Petchel was part of a team that received the Pulitzer Prize Gold Medal for Public Service in 1993 for “What went Wrong,” a study of the damage patterns from Hurricane Andrew that showed how weakened building codes and poor construction practices contributed to the extent of the disaster. She was also part of a team that received a Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News in 2001 for coverage of the federal raid that removed 6-year-old Elian Gonzalez from his relative’s home in Miami and returned him to his father’s custody in Cuba. Petchel is the executive editor of the Carnegie-Knight News21 multimedia investigative reporting initiative. She is an award-winning investigative reporter, editor and producer who most recently served as senior editor for investigations and enterprise at The Houston Chronicle. She received her bachelor’s degree in journalism and Latin American studies from ASU.