The Columbia Journalism Review included School of Journalism Director Geneva Overholser on its list of 40 women who changed the media business during the past 40 years.
The article, titled “The Divine Sisterhood,” referenced Overholser as a “Pulitzer Prize-winning editor of the Des Moines Register, now a journalism educator and all-around role model.” Other influential women such as Katie Couric, Oprah Winfrey, Arianna Huffington and Diane Sawyer also made the list.
Overholser held the Curtis B. Hurley Chair in Public Affairs Reporting for the Missouri School of Journalism, where she was based in the school’s Washington bureau.
She was editor of The Des Moines Register from 1988 to 1995, where she led the paper to a Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. While at the Register, she also earned recognition as Editor of the Year by the National Press Foundation and was named “The Best in the Business” by American Journalism Review.
Columbia Journalism Review list