The Pulitzer Prize board, the organization that gives out one of the most prestigious awards in journalism and literature, has announced that two Latinas will be joining the board: Miami Herald Executive Editor Aminda Marques and playwright Quiara Alegria Hudes.
"We look for diversity in the broadest sense," Sig Gissler, the administrator of the Pulitzer Prize told Columbia Journalism Review. "Different backgrounds, regions, experiences, gender, race and ethnicity are all factors."
Marques is originally from Miami and joined the Herald as an intern covering community news. Although she left for a brief five-year stint at People's Miami bureau, she's worked at the Herald for 25 years.
Working as the managing editor last year, Marques played a bigi role in their coverage of the Haitian earthquake disaster, earning it a nomination for a Pulitzer. The paper itself has won 20 Pulitzers.
Hudes won a Pulitzer last year for her play Water by the Spoonful, and is well-known for writing In the Heights, a broadway musical about Washington Heights.
The board is made up of 19 members, including journalists, news executives, academics and people from the art world. Voting board member appointments can last up to nine years.
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