Song adds another Pulitzer for Chips Quinn Scholars family

Editor’s note: Two Chipsters were among the newsroom teams that won 2013 Pulitzer Prizes, not one, as reported in a story posted April 19 to the Freedom Forum Diversity Institute website. Yesenia Robles (CQS Spring 2011), staff writer for The Denver Post, and her newsroom colleagues won in the breaking news category for the movie-theater shooting in Aurora, Colo. Read the revised story.

Lisa Song (CQS Spring 2010) and two other reporters from InsideClimate News were awarded a Pulitzer Prize on April 15 for national reporting.

Song joins 11 other Chips Quinn Scholars who have been part of Pulitzer Prize-winning newsroom teams.

The three journalists from InsideClimate News were cited “for their rigorous reports on flawed regulation of the nation’s oil pipelines, focusing on potential ecological dangers posed by diluted bitumen (or ‘dilbit’), a controversial form of oil.”

Responding to a congratulatory e-mail, Song said, “I’m in shock. And I owe a lot to the Chips Quinn program – those multimedia skills from the orientation helped me get my current job, so thank you!” Song participated in the Chips Quinn Scholars program through its partnership with High Country News in Paonia, Colo., a nonprofit independent media organization that covers important issues unique to the American West.

Song earned a master’s degree in science writing in 2009 and a bachelor’s degree in environmental science in 2008 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. A talented researcher and writer, she was one of 11 journalists selected to attend a marine science seminar in July 2011 hosted by the Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography.

A listing of Chips Quinn Scholars who have helped their newsrooms win a Pulitzer is attached. The next class of Scholars convenes May 13-19 at the John Seigenthaler Center, on the Vanderbilt University campus in Nashville, Tenn.

John C. Quinn, co-founder of the Chips Quinn Scholars Program, applauded Lisa Song’s Pulitzer honors.

“Lisa, you make all of us associated with the Chips Quinn Scholars program proud of your great accomplishment in your budding career. You enrich the program’s commitment to professional journalism and to personal diversity. Well done, Lisa.”

The Chips Quinn Scholars Program for Diversity in Journalism ( offers students hands-on training and mentoring by caring news veterans. More than 1,300 men and women have been named Chips Quinn Scholars since 1991.

Pulitzer Prize: Chips Quinn Scholars


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  1. Frank O.G.

    Awesome! Congrats! You make me even prouder to be a Chips Quinn Scholar (if that’s possible!)

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