Benjamin C. Bradlee Editor of the Year Award
Paul Anger 2009
Detroit Free PressPaul Anger has been with The Detroit Free Press since August 2005, when he was named Vice President and Editor. He became Editor and Publisher in May 2009.
Anger helped develop the Free Press’ ground-breaking publishing model, which emphasizes digital and multi-media news and newspaper delivery to homes on three of the seven days of publication – with operational expense savings that have helped preserve newsroom resources. This was the combination of disciplines that impressed NPF’s judges.
Last April, the Free Press was named winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize in Local Reporting – its ninth Pulitzer Prize – for a year-long investigation of former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and the text-message scandal that engulfed him. Last September the Free Press won its fourth national Emmy award for its videos documenting life inside Christ Child House, a last-chance home for orphaned boys in Detroit.
Paul Anger has more than 40 years’ experience as a reporter, editor and publisher. He was Vice President and Editor of the Des Moines Register from January 2002 until moving to Detroit.
Before going to Des Moines, he worked as a news editor for the Knight Ridder News Service in Washington, D.C., editing national and international coverage. He worked for the Miami Herald for 29 years.
Anger serves on the Detroit Media Partnership executive committee and is a board member of Detroit’s Metropolitan Affairs Coalition. He has twice been a Pulitzer Prize judge at Columbia University and has been recognized five times with the Gannett Company’s President’s Ring, awarded annually to the top 10 editors across the company’s 80-plus daily newspapers. He was named Gannett’s Editor of the Year for 2008, and the Free Press also won Gannett’s top annual award for newsroom performance.