Paige St. John reached the pinnacle of achievement in the field of journalism when she was awarded the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting. This recognition was the result of a two-year examination of disaster insurance in the state of Florida for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Her exhaustive series, entitled “Florida’s Insurance Nightmare,” ran in the Herald-Tribune throughout 2010 and exposed the hidden risks and secret profits of the state’s hurricane insurance industry. During her investigation, St. John analyzed property coverage of millions of Floridians while navigating a labyrinth of international deals, corporate shells, and altered computer programs.
St. John received her bachelor of science degree in mass communications from SIUE in 1986, at the campus her father helped construct. She has been an investigative reporter for more than three decades, joining the Sarasota Herald-Tribune in 2008. She previously served as the capital bureau chief for Gannett News in Florida, an environmental reporter for The Detroit News, and an Associated Press correspondent.
In addition to the Pulitzer Prize in 2011, St. John also received the William Brewster Styles Award from Scripps Howard for Business/Economics Reporting, a National Headliner Award, three Green Eyeshade awards, and awards from Investigative Reporters and Editors and Sigma Delta Chi for “Florida’s Insurance Nightmare.” St. John is a member of the 2011 SIUE Alumni Hall of Fame.