The 2010 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 Tod Robberson, Colleen McCain Nelson and William McKenzie of The Dallas Morning News for their relentless editorials deploring the stark social and economic disparity between the city’s better-off northern half and distressed southern half.


William McKenzie, Colleen McCain Nelson and Tod Robberson

Lee C. Bollinger, President of Columbia University (left), presents the 2010 Editorial Writing prize to (l-r) William McKenzie, Coleen McCain Nelson and Tod Robberson of The Dallas Morning News.


Also nominated as finalists in this category were: John G. Carlton of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch for his editorials on health care reform that cut through the clutter, debunk myths and often bring the national debate home to Missouri; and John McCormick and Marie Dillon of the Chicago Tribune for their unyielding editorials urging reform of a culture of corruption in Illinois state government, repeatedly sounding the alarm when lawmakers faltered.