Marion High School graduate Dan Swenson has won a Pulitzer Prize for his work in community journalism.
Swenson, who is the graphics editor for the Advocate in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was part of a reporting team that examined the state’s discriminatory conviction system. It included a Jim Crow-era law that enabled Louisiana courts to send defendants to jail with jury consensus on the accused person’s guilt. Swenson, who is a 3 time Pulitzer Prize winner, was responsible for the data visualization piece of the project.
Swenson is a Michigan city native and 1995 Ball State University graduate. He has also work at the Lexington Herald Leader and the Chicago Tribune.