Tom Friedman elected co-chair of Pulitzer Prize Board

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Apparently the Pulitzer Prize board does not go into hibernation immediately after handing out all of the newspaper industry's top journalism awards every April.

Instead the 19-member board keeps itself busy naming new members and shuffling around the current ones.

Last week it was the appointment of ProPublica managing editor Stephen Engelberg. And today brings news that New York Times columnist Tom Friedman has been elected co-chair, along with Denver Post editor Gregory Moore.

Here's the announcement, via Columbia University, which administers the prizes:

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Gregory Moore, editor of The Denver Post, and Thomas L. Friedman, bestselling author and foreign affairs columnist for The New York Times, have been elected co-chairs of the Pulitzer Prize Board, Columbia University announced today.

Both have served on the board since 2004. They replace co-chairs Jim Amoss, editor of The Times-Picayune in New Orleans; Kathleen Carroll, executive editor and senior vice president of The Associated Press; and Ann Marie Lipinski, curator of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard. Board members serve a maximum of nine years while a chair serves for only one year. The new co-chairs will share responsibilities over the course of the year.