Congrats to old friend C.J. `Chris’ Chivers of the New York Times, a former Providence Journal reporter, for winning a 2017 Pulitzer Prize, journalism’s highest honor.
Chivers, who lives in South Kingstown with his wife Suzanne Keating, also a fine journalist and former ProJo reporter, and their five children, won the coveted award for a December, 2016 profile of a 24-year old Marine Corps veteran of Afghanistan with PTSD and his difficulties reentering U.S. society after he mustered out of the service.
A graduate of Cornell University and the Columbia School of Journalism, Chivers is often referred to as the best war correspondent of his generation. The 2017 prize for feature writing is the second Pulitzer for Chivers; he won in 2009 as part of a team of NY Times reporters honored for their dispatches from Pakistan and Afghanistan. He is also the author of "The Gun," a historical work.
After his graduation from Cornell in 1987, Chivers served as an infantry officer in the U.S. Marines until 1994. He served in the first Gulf War and in peacekeeping operations during the Los Angeles riots in 1992. He was honorably discharged as a captain. Then he studied journalism at Columbia. He came to the Journal in 1995, where he covered North Providence and Providence politics and in 1997 won a Livingston Award for International Reporting for a series on the collapse of commercial fishing in the North Atlantic.
A devoted fisherman, Chivers is a witty and erudite fellow who was recognized by his ProJo colleagues back in the 1990s as having the talent to be a celebrated reporter. He is that rare journalist who is both a great writer and diligent and perceptive reporter.