Thomas French, BA’81, received the 1998 Pulitzer Prize in Feature Writing while at the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times, where he had worked since he graduated. Three of his serials have been published as books, including his most recent project, about the inner world of Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo, Zoo Story.
In 2009, French left the paper to join the journalism school faculty as the Riley Endowed Chair in Journalism. In addition to his reporting, French also leads writing workshops across the United States and worldwide. He is a writing fellow at the Poynter Institute.