Acel Moore, who died Feb. 12, 2016, at age 75, was an old-school journalist who cultivated sources from the grassroots level to the upper echelons of Philadelphia society. Acel couldn’t enter a room without being greeted by enthusiastic well-wishers, including many who over the years had found themselves roasting from the heat of one of his columns. Most, though, were genuinely fond of a native son from South Philly who had made good.
In 1977, Acel along with Wendell Rawls Jr. won journalism’s most prestigious award, the Pulitzer Prize. He founded the workshop in 1985 as part of his lifelong commitment to open up journalism careers to multicultural high school students. Over the years, hundreds of students have participated in the program. Many have taken jobs in the media; others have used the skills they learned to build successful careers in other fields.