The 2008 Pulitzer Prize Winners

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For distinguished commentary, in print or in print and online, Ten thousand dollars ($10,000).

Awarded to Steven Pearlstein of The Washington Post for his insightful columns that explore the nation's complex economic ills with masterful clarity.

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Richard Oppel, Pulitzer Board co-chair (left), presents the 2008 Pulitzer Prize in Commentary to Steven Pearlstein of The Washington Post.

Finalists

Also nominated as finalists in this category were: Regina Brett of The Plain Dealer, Cleveland for her passionate columns on alienated teenagers in a dangerous city neighborhood, and John Kass of the Chicago Tribune for his hard-hitting columns on the abuse of local political power and a lively range of topics in a colorful city.