The 2009 Pulitzer Prize Winners


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

Awarded to Eugene Robinson of The Washington Post for his eloquent columns on the 2008 presidential campaign that focus on the election of the first African-American president, showcasing graceful writing and grasp of the larger historic picture.


Eugene Robinson

Lee C. Bollinger, President of Columbia University (right), presents the 2009 Commentary prize to Eugene Robinson of The Washington Post.


Also nominated as finalists in this category were: Regina Brett of The Plain Dealer, Cleveland, for her range of compelling columns that move the heart, challenge authority and often trigger action while giving readers deeper insight into life’s challenges; and Paul Krugman of The New York Times for his prophetic columns on economic peril during a year of financial calamity, blending the scholarly knowledge of a distinguished economist with the skill of a wordsmith.