John Strohmeyer

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John Strohmeyer (June 26, 1924 – March 3, 2010) was the 1972 Pulitzer Prize winner for editorial writing “for his editorial campaign to reduce racial tensions in Bethlehem.”[1]

John Strohmeyer was born in Boston, Massachusetts and spent several decades as a working journalist, including as an editor at the now-defunct Bethlehem Globe-Times from 1956 to 1984.[1] John Strohmeyer won an Alicia Patterson Journalism Fellowship[2] in 1984 to research and write about the decline of the American steel industry, which became the book Crisis in Bethlehem: Big Steel's Struggle to Survive. In 1992, Bob Atwood brought him to Alaska, to lecture in journalism at the University of Alaska Anchorage in a position endowed by Atwood. While there, Strohmeyer wrote Extreme Conditions: Big Oil and the Transformation of Alaska.[1] Strohmeyer also wrote Atwood's biography, which was never published due to a dispute which arose after Atwood's death between Strohmeyer and Atwood's daughter Elaine.[3]

John Strohmeyer died of heart failure on March 3, 2010 in Crystal River, Florida.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Ex-UAA professor, Pulitzer winner dies". Anchorage Daily News. Anchorage. March 4, 2010. Retrieved March 5, 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Alicia Patterson Journalism Fellowship
  3. "Atwoods aim to halt biography". Associated Press. April 26, 1999. Retrieved June 27, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>