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Paul Ingrassia

Paul Ingrassia

Ex-Reuters managing editor | Won Pulitzer Prize | Class of 1972

Nothing prepared Paul Ingrassia better for what would come later in life — a Pulitzer Prize, an interview with Vladimir Putin, a stretch covering the Arab spring in Cairo — than his one year as Daily Illini editor-in-chief.

This was the Vietnam era, when campus protests were as prevalent as Illini football losses.

"After one riot, the Champaign police raided the DI office to confiscate the film of our photographers," says the retired Ingrassia, the former managing editor for Reuters. "But the negatives had been spirited away to the office of our attorney, who went to court and overturned the search warrant.

"The experience bolstered me for tough stories decades later."