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Art Cullen

Pulitzer Prize-Winning  St Mary's Alum Credits Catholic School Education for Independent Thinking and Respect for Others

Storm Lake Times Editor Art Cullen won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing.  Established in 1917 Pulitzer is the highest award in journalism.  The Pulitzer prize is awarded each year to recognize outstanding public service and excellence in journalism.

His passionate editorials focusing on local water pollution challenged the Iowa ag industry. Cullen’s brother John, also a St Mary’s graduate founded the newspaper in 1990, and Cullen quickly joined the family business.

" I credit the Sisters of the Presentation for teaching me how to write, to think independently, and to approach the gospels through the prism of justice. They were an Irish immigrant order and instilled a deep respect for the immigrant and disenfranchised, and by virtue of their experience with Great Britain encouraged us to challenge authority and respect minority rights. Storm Lake today is an immigrant community and this newspaper campaigns for them and for justice. A good newspaper invites readers to think independently and to challenge authority. Those nuns shaped my brother, John, publisher of The Storm Lake Times, and me at the core." Art Cullen, editor The Storm Lake Times.

Cullen Brothers

 Art is a 1975 graduate of St. Mary’s High School and John Cullen is a 1968 St. Mary’s graduate. Art was graduated from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn., and John earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame.

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