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Sandra Mims Rowe, former editor of The (Portland) Oregonian, is the Cronkite School’s sixth Edith Kinney Gaylord Visiting Professor in Journalism Ethics. As editor of The Oregonian, Rowe led the paper to five Pulitzer Prizes, including the Gold Medal for Public Service, before her retirement in 2010. Prior to that, she served as executive editor and vice president of The Virginian-Pilot and The Ledger-Star in Norfolk, Va., for nearly 10 years.
Rowe was named Editor of the Year in 2003 by the National Press Foundation, Editor of the Year in 2008 by Editor & Publisher magazine and was honored with the National Leadership Award in 2010 by the American Society of News Editors.
A past president of the American Society of News Editors, Rowe was named chairman of the Committee to Protect Journalists in May 2011. She chaired the Pulitzer Prize Board in 2002–2003 and was a board member from 1994–2003.