“We’re delighted to have such a thought-provoking journalist, one who is constantly wrestling with the thorniest issues of journalistic ethics and integrity, addressing our graduates as they enter the field of professional reporting,” said Dean Sarah Bartlett.
Sullivan was appointed the public editor in 2012, after having served 12 years as the executive editor of The Buffalo News. She is the first woman to serve as the public editor of the Times, and was also the first female editor and managing editor of the News, after working as a reporter and columnist there.
Sullivan was appointed to the Pulitzer Prize Board in 2011 and has been a juror four times, serving as the chairwoman of the distinguished commentary jury in 2006. She was elected twice as a director of the American Society of News Editors and has led its First Amendment committee.
A native of Lackawanna, N.Y., Sullivan is a graduate of Georgetown University and the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, where she is a member of its Hall of Achievement.