New York Times journalist Helene Cooper joined the newspaper’s staff yesterday as proud winners of the coveted International Reporting Pulitzer Prize for “courageous front-line reporting and vivid human stories on Ebola in Africa.” She is the first Liberian winner of a Pulitzer Prize.
Cooper’s articles formed part of a series on the Ebola epidemic, including others by Norimitsu Onishi, Adam Nossiter, Ben C. Solomon, Jeffrey Gettleman, Sheri Fink, Kevin Sack and Pam Belluck winning the prize on Ebola coverage. The stories were complemented by the Times’ photography, infographics and other digital media assets to tell as clear and complete a story as possible — which justified the Pulitzer for the paper’s entire staff.
Born in Monrovia, Liberia, Helene is the author of “The House at Sugar Beach: In Search of a Lost African Childhood” , a New York Times best seller and a National Books Critics Circle finalist in autobiography in 2009.
Helene Cooper is a Pentagon correspondent with The New York Times. Prior to this assignment, she covered the White House and was The Times’ diplomatic correspondent. She joined the newspaper in 2004 as the assistant editorial page editor, a position she held for two years before she ran out of opinions and returned to news. She has reported from 64 countries, from Pakistan to the Congo.
Previously, Helene worked for 12 years at the Wall Street Journal, where she was a foreign correspondent, reporter and editor, working in the London, Washington and Atlanta bureaus. She is the winner of the Raymond Clapper award for Washington reporting (2000), the Sandy Hume award for best reporter under the age of 35 (2001), the Missouri Lifestyle award for feature writing (2002), a National Association of Black Journalists award for feature writing (2004), and the Urbino Press Award for foreign reporting (2011).