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David Brancaccio interviews NEW ORLEANS TIMES-PICAYUNE editor Jim Amoss about the paper's heroic efforts to report the biggest story in the city's history without telephones, electricity, or a place to work. Without a press, THE TIMES-PICAYUNE paper's Tuesday and Wednesday editions were published online. Other area papers also used new media to keep the world apprised of the situation facing their local audience.

Jim Amoss
Jim Amoss Biography

Named the National Press Foundation's 1997 Editor of the Year, Jim Amoss has been editor of the NEW ORLEANS TIMES-PICAYUNE since July 1990. Previously, he had been associate editor of the TIMES-PICAYUNE since 1988. Under his leadership, the paper won the 1997 Pulitzer Prizes in both public service and editorial cartooning. These were the paper's first Pulitzers since its inception in 1837.

Amoss' journalism career began in 1974 as an investigative reporter for THE STATES-ITEM, a New Orleans afternoon daily that merged with the TIMES-PICAYUNE in 1980. He was then named chief of the TIMES-PICAYUNE's St. Bernard bureau that year and subsequently city editor in 1982, and metropolitan editor in 1983.

Amoss is a native of New Orleans, though he spent part of his growing up years in Germany and Belgium. In 1969, he graduated magna cum laude from Yale and went on to study as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford, specializing in German literature and the work of Thomas Mann.

Now a member of the Louisiana Rhodes Scholarship Selection Committee, Amoss is also on the board of visitors of the Manship School of Mass Communications at Louisiana State University. Amoss previously served as a juror for the Pulitzer Prizes in 1994, 1995, 1999 and 2000. Currently, he is a member of the Associated Press Managing Editors and the American Society of Newspaper Editors.

Amoss joined the Pulitzer Prize Board in May 2003.

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