The 2004 Pulitzer Prize Winners

Commentary

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For distinguished commentary, Ten thousand dollars ($10,000).

Awarded to Leonard Pitts Jr. of The Miami Herald for his fresh, vibrant columns that spoke, with both passion and compassion, to ordinary people on often divisive issues.

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Columbia University President Lee C. Bollinger (left) presents Leonard Pitts Jr. with the 2004 Pulitzer Prize in Commentary.

Finalists

Also nominated as finalists in this category were: Nicholas Kristof of The New York Times for his columns that, through rigorous reporting and powerful writing, often gave voice to forgotten people trapped in misery, and Cynthia Tucker of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution for her forceful, persuasive columns that confronted sacred cows and hot topics with unswerving candor.