The 2009 Pulitzer Prize Winners

Editorial Writing

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For distinguished editorial writing, the test of excellence being clearness of style, moral purpose, sound reasoning, and power to influence public opinion in what the writer conceives to be the right direction, in print or online or both, Ten thousand dollars ($10,000).

Awarded to Mark Mahoney of The Post-Star, Glens Falls, N.Y., for his relentless, down-to-earth editorials on the perils of local government secrecy, effectively admonishing citizens to uphold their right to know.


Mark Mahoney

Lee C. Bollinger, President of Columbia University (right), presents the 2009 Editorial Writing prize to Mark Mahoney of The Post-Star, Glens Falls, N.Y.


Also nominated as finalists in this category were: Charles Lane of The Washington Post for his succinct and insightful editorials on the nation’s economic collapse, zeroing in on problems and offering solutions with a steady voice of reason; and John McCormick, Marie Dillon and Bruce Dold of the Chicago Tribune for their persistent campaign to reform statehouse ethics, drawing on corruption in the governor’s office to drive home their successful call for legislative action.