Auburn News

Lunch with Cynthia Tucker

Today I had the great honor, along with six of my fellow peers, to sit down and enjoy lunch with Auburn Alumna, and Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, Cynthia Tucker.

As we sat around a conference table enjoying a delicious (and free!) lunch, students in the Communication Department at Auburn had the privilege to get to know the real Cynthia Tucker, apart from her work.

The discussion moved through a variety of subjects: full- service gas stations, the housing market, and even the comment section on blogs.

Hailing from Monroeville, Ala., Tucker graduated from Auburn in 1976 with a double major in Journalism and English.

She has held a job at the Philadelphia Inquirer, free-lanced in Africa for six months, been a columnist for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution for more than 20 years (even working in Washington, D.C. for AJC as a political columnist for some time), and now teaches as a visiting professor at the University of Georgia.

She won the Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 2007 for “her courageous, clear-headed columns that evince a strong sense of morality and persuasive knowledge of the community.” Tucker has been nominated two other times for the award as well.

In 2008, a $100,000 endowed gift from the James M. Cox foundation was given to Auburn in honor of Cynthia Tucker. The scholarship is named the Cynthia Tucker ’79 Endowed Scholarship for Journalism Excellence and is given to students studying in the field of journalism.

As a journalism major, it was such an honor to be able to meet someone working in my field of study that has made such an impact in the industry.