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Jeff Lyon

After graduating from Medill, Jeff Lyon (BSJ65) worked as a reporter at the Miami Herald until 1966. Following his Miami stint, Lyon returned to Chicago to report for Chicago Today, a paper that eventually folded and transferred many of its writers to the Chicago Tribune.

Lyon became a columnist for the Tribune in 1976 and a feature writer in 1981. In 1987, Lyon and fellow reporter Peter Gorner won the Pulitzer Prize for explanatory journalism. They had written a series of articles released in 1986 titled “Altered Fates, The Promise of Gene Therapy,” which examined the innovative medical treatment and its possible implications.