Thanks to an alert reader, we’ve learned that one of the Pulitzer prize winners announced earlier this week is an Evanston Township High School graduate.

Jeffrey Gettleman, a reporter for the New York Times, won the prize for what the Pulitzer board described as “his vivid reports, often at personal peril, on famine and conflict in East Africa, a neglected but increasingly strategic part of the world.”

Gettleman graduated from ETHS in 1989 and last year told an interviewer for the student newspaper at Cornell University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy, that when a professor suggested journalism to him as a career, he thought “that was the dumbest idea I had heard. Who wants to work for a boring newspaper?”

Gettleman now lives in Nairobi, Kenya, with his wife and two sons.

Another of this year’s Pulitzer winners, John Sullivan, is on the journalism faculty at Northwestern University.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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