Pulitzer-Winning Reporter, Cybersecurity Expert Returns to Damien with Advice for Students

Byron V. Acohido, a Pulitzer-winning journalist and cybersecurity expert, visited his Damien Memorial School alma mater July 11 to inspire and offer career advice for Monarch students.

Acohido, a Hawaii native, received the 1997 Pulitzer Prize for Beat Reporting and 11 other national awards while covering aerospace issues for the Seattle Times. His investigative stories linked a dangerous defect in rudder controls of Boeing 737 jetliners to crashes that killed hundreds of passengers.

After graduating from Damien, Acohido earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Oregon. His academic training led to reporting and editing jobs with The Herald in Everett, Washington, and later the Dallas Times Herald and Seattle Times.

Today, Acohido serves as executive editor of Last Watchdog, a webzine that delivers news videos, analysis and guest essays for the global cybersecurity community. Acohido founded the webzine with the goal of improving Internet safety.

Acohido began focusing on cybersecurity and privacy issues in 2004 when he chronicled the evolution of cybercrime for USA Today.