The story of an All Children's patient as told by her mother is being recognized with one of journalism's highest honors.
"Never Let Go," the Tampa Bay Times series chronicling the birth and subsequent six-month NICU stay of Juniper French, was one of three finalists for a Pulitzer Prize in Journalism in the Feature Writing category. Juniper's parents, Kelley Benham and Tom French, are both accomplished writers. Tom is a previous Pulitzer winner. Kelley is an editor at the Tampa Bay Times, where Tom also worked prior to becoming a professor at Indiana University. The story's star, Juniper, just celebrated her second birthday on Friday, April 12 - true testimony to the expert care this 23-week preemie received from a huge care team in the NICU and throughout All Children's Hospital.
The Pulitzer Prizes, established and endowed by Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism founder Joseph Pulitzer (1847- 1911), are American awards regarded as the highest national honor in print journalism, literary achievements and musical composition. They are administered by Columbia University in New York City.
Prizes are awarded annually in 21 categories, announced each April. Recipients are chosen by an independent board.
This is not the first professional recognition for Juniper's story. The Suncoast Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences presented Emmy Awards to All Children's Creative Services staff Ann Miller and Bill Greene as well as Tom and Kelley French for a 2012 Telethon story about Juniper.