Joseph Pulitzer, Jr.
In preparation for the familial succession in the editor’s position at the Post-Dispatch, Joseph Pulitzer III, known as “Joseph Pulitzer, Jr.,” worked in every department of the paper’s news operation. As editor of the paper from 1955 to 1986 and chairman of Pulitzer Publishing until his death in 1993, he continued the Post’s crusading tradition by coming out early against the Vietnam War and making the decision to publish the Pentagon Papers. Joseph Jr. was chairman for 31 years of the board that awarded the Pulitzer Prizes. Upon retirement from the position, Pulitzer was honored by the board for his “extraordinary services to American journalism and letters.”