Acel Moore


Acel Moore is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and newspaper columnist. Moore began his career with the Philadelphia Inquirer as a copy clerk in 1962. In 1964, he became an editorial clerk, and from 1968 to 1981, he worked as a staff writer.

In 1970 Moore won the Pennsylvania Bar Association's Scale of Justice Award for his series on the juvenile court system; in 1971, he won the Public Service Award from the Society of Professional Journalism and in 1974 he won an award from the Pennsylvania Associated Press Managing Editors Association. In 1974, Moore and Reggie Bryant hosted a television show called Black Perspectives on the News on WHYY public television. In 1977, Moore won the Pulitzer Prize for local investigative reporting for his series on abuse of inmates at Fairview State Hospital. In 1979 he established the Art Peters Fellowship Program, a copy editor internship that has launched the careers of 50 minority journalists. From 1980 to 1989 he served on the faculty at the University of California Berkeley for the school's summer program for minority journalists. In 1984 Moore created the Journalism Career Development Workshop that has trained dozens of Philadelphia high school students. The program is now named in Moore's honor. After his retirement in 2005, Moore continued to write for the Inquirer about local and national issues and how they affect the common man.

Moore has also worked as a journalism instructor at Temple University and Florida A&M University in addition to being a journalism consultant to Northwestern University, Duquesne University, University of Kansas Norfolk State University. A founder of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) in 1975, Moore was honored with the NABJ Legacy Award in 2005.

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