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Jon Franklin

Born: Jan 13, 1943

Birthplace: Enid

Profession: Writer

Nationality: United States

Jon Franklin

Date of Birth : Jan 13, 1943
Birth Place : Enid

Jon Daniel Franklin is an American writer. He was born in Enid, Oklahoma. He won the inaugural Pulitzer Prizes in two journalism categories both for his work as a science writer with the Baltimore Evening Sun. Franklin holds a B.S. in Journalism from the University of Maryland. Franklin taught creative writing the University of Oregon, was the head of the technical journalism department at Oregon State University, and a Journalism professor at his alma mater, the University of Maryland. He received honorary degrees from the University of Maryland in 1981, and the College of Notre Dame in 1982. The Canadian television film Shocktrauma is based on the book Franklin co-wrote with Alan Doelp. Working for The Baltimore Sun, Franklin won the first Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing in 1979, for covering a brain surgery, and won the first Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Journalism in 1985, for a series about molecular psychiatry, "The Mind Fixers".


  • Writer
  • Journalist
  • Author

Also known as

  • Jon Daniel Franklin

Awards Won

  • Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing
  • Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting
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