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Deval Patrick is shown at the start of his acceptance speech during the 2015 Annual Press Awards at the Bristol Press in Bristol, Conn., Tuesday, March 20, 2015.
Patrick is one of the two finalists for the Pulitzer Prize for journalism, along with the New York Times Magazine columnist Thomas Friedman and a host of other journalists and news outlets that were finalists in last year’s competition.
The other is The Associated Group’s former editorial director, Mark Sherman.
The annual awards ceremony will air live on PBS on Wednesday, March 23.
Patrick, who announced his candidacy in late December, is the only Democrat nominated to win the award.
He will also receive the John S. and James L. Knight Journalism Award, given annually to the top newsman or journalist who has helped shape the news industry and the public consciousness, according to the AP.
Patrick has written about race relations, drug policy, immigration, health care, climate change, and politics for the AP, The New York Daily News, The Associated Journals, and other outlets.
He also covers the U.S. Supreme Court, government agencies and the U,S.
Patrick was an assistant secretary of commerce under President Bill Clinton and was deputy secretary of state under President George W. Bush.
He was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for his work as a journalist, and for a Pulitzer Prize in 2002.
He served as president of the Associated Press Corporation and has been the editor-in-chief of The Boston Globe, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and The New Englander.
Patrick retired in January 2017 after serving as a senior White House aide and chief of staff for President Donald Trump.
He is married with two daughters and a son who is now a young man.
The Associated PRESS is a division of Time Inc.APAP writer Michael C. Bender in Washington contributed to this report.