David Lawrence Jr. is known nationally as a leader in journalism and early education issues. He is president of the Early Childhood Initiative Foundation and University Scholar for Early Childhood Development and Readiness at the University of Florida. His first career in journalism spanned 35 years as a publisher, editor, and reporter. During his tenure as Miami Herald publisher, the paper won five Pulitzer Prizes. He was publisher and executive editor of the Detroit Free Press, and was editor of the Charlotte Observer. A tireless advocate for early childhood initiatives, he led the innovative 2002 campaign for The Children’s Trust in Miami-Dade, dedicated to early childhood intervention and prevention. He has served on the Florida Partnership for School Readiness and the Florida Governor’s Commission on Education, and is a noted speaker on early education issues. The David Lawrence Jr. K-8 Public School opened in 2006 in Miami, Florida. A fully endowed chair in early childhood studies is established in his name at the University of Florida College of Education. His journalism honors include the John S. Knight Gold Medal, the National Association of Black Journalists’ Ida B. Wells Award and the National Association of Minority Media Executives award for "lifetime achievement in diversity.” The Miami-based foundation aims to improve early care parenting and education. Its site provides information on disabilities, sexual abuse, adoption, trends and community resources. Its president is David Lawrence Jr., former publisher of The Miami Herald (Lawrence also served on the Journalism Center on Children & Families' board.) Lawrence retired in 1999 as chairman and publisher of The Miami Herald to work fulltime in the area of early childhood development and readiness. He worked for 35 years as reporter, editor and publisher at seven newspapers, most recently at the Detroit Free Press.