The 2013 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, using any available journalistic tool, Ten thousand dollars ($10,000).

Awarded to Tim Nickens and Daniel Ruth of the Tampa Bay Times, St. Petersburg, Fla., for their diligent campaign that helped reverse a decision to end fluoridation of the water supply for the 700,000 residents of the newspaper’s home county.

Lee C. Bollinger, President of Columbia University (left), presents the 2013 Editorial Writing prize to Tim Nickens (center) and Daniel Ruth (right) of the Tampa Bay Times.


Also nominated as finalists in this category were: Staff of Newsday, Long Island, NY, for its editorials in the chaotic wake of Hurricane Sandy, providing a voice of reason, hope and indignation as recovery began and the future challenge of limiting shoreline devastation emerged; and Jackson Diehl of The Washington Post for his passionate editorials on the civil conflict in Syria, arguing for greater engagement by the United States to help stop bloodshed in a strategic Arab nation.