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2016 Marks the Pulitzer Centennial. Help Us Celebrate!

Next year marks the 100th anniversary of the Pulitzer Prizes, and throughout 2016 we will be rolling out The Pulitzer Prize Centennial Campfires Initiative.

The initiative will spark grassroots events and conversations across the country. We're looking for seminars, workshops, performances and more that explore the impact of journalism and the arts on public life.

Even if you or your organization are just beginning to think about the many ways to participate in the Campfires Initiative, please provide us with as much information as you are able, so we can assist along the way. --05/19/2015

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2016 Books, Drama and Music competitions are open

The website is open for entries in the 2016 Pulitzer Prize competitions for books, drama and music.

The entry deadline for books published in the U.S. between January 1 and June 15 is June 15, 2015. The deadline for book published between June 15 and December 31 is October 1, 2015. Books published in October, November and December must be submitted in galleys or page proof form.

The entry deadline for plays with U.S. productions in 2015, and for music with either a live U.S. premiere or release of a recording in 2015, is December 31.

In addition to submitting entries online, hard copies of books, play scripts and recordings must be sent to the Pulitzer office by the entry deadlines.

Please visit our How to Enter page for more information on guidelines and deadlines. --05/14/2015

Work by 2015 Journalism Finalists is available

Our archive now includes articles. columns, editorials, cartoons, photographs and other entry material submitted by Nominated Finalists for the 2015 Journalism Prizes.

Three finalists in each category are selected by separate Nominating Juries and passed to The Pulitzer Prize Board. The Board then chooses the winner from among the three finalists. The other two entries, not selected as Prize winners, are designated as Nominated Finalists.

The 2015 Pulitzer Prizewinners and Nominated Finalists in all categories were announced on April 20, 2015.

Please see FAQ #24 for information on the differences between Pulitzer Prize Winners, Nominated Finalists and Entrants. -- 05/11/2015

Paul Gigot elected chair of the Pulitzer Prize Board

Paul Gigot, the editorial page editor and vice president of The Wall Street Journal, has been elected chair of the Pulitzer Prize Board.

Gigot succeeds Danielle Allen, a scholar and author who is the incoming director of the Edmund J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University. The Pulitzer Board chairmanship is a one-year appointment. Board members serve a maximum of nine years.

Gigot’s career at The Wall Street Journal spans 35 years. He has held his current position since 2001. He is responsible for the newspaper's editorials, op-ed articles, arts criticism and book reviews. -- 05/04/2015

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2015 Pulitzer Winners and Nominated Finalists

2015 Pulitzer Prizewinners and Nominated Finalists were announced at 3pm, Monday, April 20, 2015, at Columbia University in New York City.

Winners' biographies and photos are available, along with winning stories, columns, editorials, photos and cartoons, in all 14 Journalism categories. Synopses of winning books, and samples from winners in drama and music are also available. Work by Journalism finalists will be posted in the coming weeks. -- 04/20/2015

video of Pulitzer Administrator Mike Pride's announcement of the 2015 winners

Pulitzer winners celebrate!

J.P. Browning, publisher of The Post and Courier hugs reporter Doug Pardue (left), after learning the paper had been awarded the 2015 Public Service Prize. The Public Service gold medal, along with 14 other Prizes, will be awarded at a luncheon ceremony at Columbia University on May 28th.

Reporters Doug Pardue, Glenn Smith, Jennifer Berry Hawes and Natalie Caula Hauff worked on the Prizewinning series, Till Death Do Us Part, "a riveting series that probed why South Carolina is among the deadliest states in the union for women and put the issue of what to do about it on the state’s agenda."

Adam Zyglis (right) is toasted by Buffalo News staffers, including managing editor Brian Connolly.

Zyglis was awarded the 2015 Pulitzer Prize in Editorial Cartooning for using "strong images to connect with readers while conveying layers of meaning in a few words. “My head is spinning, I can’t believe it,” Zyglis said.

The Buffalo News staff was also a finalist in the Breaking News Reporting category for its coverage of November 2014 snowstorms.

read more about Pulitzer Prize winners in the news...

Next up: "100 Years of Pulitzer"

From the Dallas Morning News Editorial:
"Once a year, journalists gather in newsrooms nationwide, as they did last week, to learn the winners of the annual Pulitzer Prizes and pop champagne corks for awards received. This year, winning journalism ranged from coverage of domestic violence in South Carolina to Secret Service security lapses at the White House to a killer Washington state mudslide — and more...

"Cities, schools, universities, museums, libraries, community centers, festivals, organizations and book clubs are invited to join in the Pulitzer Prize Centennial Campfires Initiative, a $1.5 million project developed by the Pulitzer Board in partnership with the Federation of State Humanities Councils.

"Options abound, and grants are available for lectures, discussions and programs involving past winners. Think Faulkner, Hemingway, Steinbeck, Harper Lee, Frost, Sandburg, Mailer, Updike, Tennessee Williams, Eudora Welty, plus contemporary writers. Consider musicians, writers of commentary, criticism." -- 04/29/2015

read more ...

Prizes to launch national "Campfires Initiative" to celebrate 2016 Centennial

The Pulitzer Prize Board, in preparation for the 100th awarding of the Prizes in 2016, is launching a $1.5-million national initiative to ignite broad engagement with the journalistic, literary and artistic values they represent.

The project, called the Pulitzer Prize Centennial Campfires Initiative, will generate grassroots events and conversations across the country throughout 2016 about the impact of journalism and the humanities on our lives and times, illuminating their value to public life today and imagining their future.

"We intend to reach diverse audiences, using Campfire events to foster invigorating discussions – much as actual campfires create circles of conversation – both in person and through social media,” said Joyce Dehli, Pulitzer Prize Board member and chair of the Campfires Initiative. “We also hope to inspire new generations of practitioners." -- 03/30/2015

read more...

Pulitzer Prizes expand eligibility in Feature and Investigative categories

The Pulitzer Prizes in journalism, which honor the work of American newspapers and news sites, have expanded eligibility for two prize categories, Investigative Reporting and Feature Writing, to include many online and print magazines, the Pulitzer Prize Board announced today.

"After a considered review and discussion, we are adopting these changes in a spirit of experimentation, rooted in a commitment to the enduring values of great journalism," said Danielle Allen, chair of the Pulitzer Prize Board. "We have chosen to focus our evolution on investigative reporting because of its relevance to public life and feature writing because of its emphasis on literary merit." -- 12/08/2014

read more...

Mike Pride elected Pulitzer Prize administrator

Mike Pride, the former editor of the Concord Monitor who led his small New Hampshire newspaper to national prominence and served as co-chair of the Pulitzer Prize Board, has been named administrator of the Pulitzer Prizes.

The appointment, effective Sept. 1, was announced by the Pulitzer Board and by Lee C. Bollinger, president of Columbia University, where the prestigious prizes in journalism, letters, drama and music are administered.

Pride succeeds Sig Gissler, 78, former editor of The Milwaukee Journal and Columbia Journalism School faculty member, who will retire Aug. 1 after 12 years as administrator.

Pride, 67, became editor of the Monitor in 1983 after serving as managing editor. Under his leadership the Monitor won the New England Newspaper of the Year Award 19 times, as well as numerous national awards for excellence. The paper was cited by Time magazine and the Columbia Journalism Review as one of the best papers in the country. In 2008, the Monitor won the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography.-- 07/01/2014

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For the latest on The Pulitzer Prizes - including news about winners and finalists, entry deadlines and events - like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.


Work by 2015 Journalism Finalists is available

Our archive now includes articles and other entry material submitted by Nominated Finalists for the 2015 Journalism Prizes.

Three finalists in each category are selected by separate Nominating Juries and passed to The Pulitzer Prize Board. The Board then chooses the winner from among the three finalists. The other two entries, not selected as Prize winners, are designated as Nominated Finalists.

The 2015 Pulitzer Prizewinners and Nominated Finalists in all categories were announced on April 20, 2015.

Please see FAQ #24 for information on the differences between Pulitzer Prize Winners, Nominated Finalists and Entrants. -- 05/11/2015


Paul Gigot elected chair of the Pulitzer Prize Board

Paul Gigot, the editorial page editor and vice president of The Wall Street Journal, has been elected chair of the Pulitzer Prize Board.

Gigot succeeds Danielle Allen, a scholar and author who is the incoming director of the Edmund J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University. The Pulitzer Board chairmanship is a one-year appointment. Board members serve a maximum of nine years.

Gigot’s career at The Wall Street Journal spans 35 years. He has held his current position since 2001. He is responsible for the newspaper's editorials, op-ed articles, arts criticism and book reviews. -- 05/04/2015

read more ...

2015 Pulitzer Winners and Nominated Finalists

2015 Pulitzer Prizewinners and Nominated Finalists were announced at 3pm, Monday, April 20, 2015, at Columbia University in New York City.

Winners' biographies and photos are available, along with winning stories, columns, editorials, photos and cartoons, in all 14 Journalism categories. Synopses of winning books, and samples from winners in drama and music are also available. Work by Journalism finalists will be posted in the coming weeks. -- 04/20/2015

video of Pulitzer Administrator Mike Pride's announcement of the 2015 winners

Pulitzer winners celebrate!

J.P. Browning, publisher of The Post and Courier hugs reporter Doug Pardue (left), after learning the paper had been awarded the 2015 Public Service Prize. The Public Service gold medal, along with 14 other Prizes, will be awarded at a luncheon ceremony at Columbia University on May 28th.

Reporters Doug Pardue, Glenn Smith, Jennifer Berry Hawes and Natalie Caula Hauff worked on the Prizewinning series, Till Death Do Us Part, "a riveting series that probed why South Carolina is among the deadliest states in the union for women and put the issue of what to do about it on the state’s agenda."

Adam Zyglis (right) is toasted by Buffalo News staffers, including managing editor Brian Connolly.

Zyglis was awarded the 2015 Pulitzer Prize in Editorial Cartooning for using "strong images to connect with readers while conveying layers of meaning in a few words. “My head is spinning, I can’t believe it,” Zyglis said.

The Buffalo News staff was also a finalist in the Breaking News Reporting category for its coverage of November 2014 snowstorms.

read more about Pulitzer Prize winners in the news...

Next up: "100 Years of Pulitzer"

From the Dallas Morning News Editorial:
"Once a year, journalists gather in newsrooms nationwide, as they did last week, to learn the winners of the annual Pulitzer Prizes and pop champagne corks for awards received. This year, winning journalism ranged from coverage of domestic violence in South Carolina to Secret Service security lapses at the White House to a killer Washington state mudslide — and more...

"Cities, schools, universities, museums, libraries, community centers, festivals, organizations and book clubs are invited to join in the Pulitzer Prize Centennial Campfires Initiative, a $1.5 million project developed by the Pulitzer Board in partnership with the Federation of State Humanities Councils.

"Options abound, and grants are available for lectures, discussions and programs involving past winners. Think Faulkner, Hemingway, Steinbeck, Harper Lee, Frost, Sandburg, Mailer, Updike, Tennessee Williams, Eudora Welty, plus contemporary writers. Consider musicians, writers of commentary, criticism." -- 04/29/2015

read more ...

Prizes to launch national "Campfires Initiative" to celebrate 2016 Centennial

The Pulitzer Prize Board, in preparation for the 100th awarding of the Prizes in 2016, is launching a $1.5-million national initiative to ignite broad engagement with the journalistic, literary and artistic values they represent.

The project, called the Pulitzer Prize Centennial Campfires Initiative, will generate grassroots events and conversations across the country throughout 2016 about the impact of journalism and the humanities on our lives and times, illuminating their value to public life today and imagining their future.

"We intend to reach diverse audiences, using Campfire events to foster invigorating discussions – much as actual campfires create circles of conversation – both in person and through social media,” said Joyce Dehli, Pulitzer Prize Board member and chair of the Campfires Initiative. “We also hope to inspire new generations of practitioners." -- 03/30/2015

read more...

Pulitzer Prizes expand eligibility in Feature and Investigative categories

The Pulitzer Prizes in journalism, which honor the work of American newspapers and news sites, have expanded eligibility for two prize categories, Investigative Reporting and Feature Writing, to include many online and print magazines, the Pulitzer Prize Board announced today.

"After a considered review and discussion, we are adopting these changes in a spirit of experimentation, rooted in a commitment to the enduring values of great journalism," said Danielle Allen, chair of the Pulitzer Prize Board. "We have chosen to focus our evolution on investigative reporting because of its relevance to public life and feature writing because of its emphasis on literary merit." -- 12/08/2014

read more...

Mike Pride elected Pulitzer Prize administrator

Mike Pride, the former editor of the Concord Monitor who led his small New Hampshire newspaper to national prominence and served as co-chair of the Pulitzer Prize Board, has been named administrator of the Pulitzer Prizes.

The appointment, effective Sept. 1, was announced by the Pulitzer Board and by Lee C. Bollinger, president of Columbia University, where the prestigious prizes in journalism, letters, drama and music are administered.

Pride succeeds Sig Gissler, 78, former editor of The Milwaukee Journal and Columbia Journalism School faculty member, who will retire Aug. 1 after 12 years as administrator.

Pride, 67, became editor of the Monitor in 1983 after serving as managing editor. Under his leadership the Monitor won the New England Newspaper of the Year Award 19 times, as well as numerous national awards for excellence. The paper was cited by Time magazine and the Columbia Journalism Review as one of the best papers in the country. In 2008, the Monitor won the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography.-- 07/01/2014

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2015 Pulitzer Prize Nominated Finalist

Explanatory Reporting

Joan Biskupic, Janet Roberts and John Shiffman of Reuters for using data analysis to reveal how an elite cadre of lawyers enjoy extraordinary access to the U.S. Supreme Court, raising doubts about the ideal of equal justice.

 

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click here to read cover letter for entry

 

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Joan Biskupic is an editor-in-charge for legal affairs at Reuters.

Janet Roberts helps lead Thomson Reuters’ data journalism team, where she specializes in analytical reporting for news enterprise and investigative stories.

John Shiffman is an investigative reporter for Reuters.

2015 Pulitzer Prize Nominated Finalist

Explanatory Reporting

John Ingold, Joe Amon and Lindsay Pierce of The Denver Post for an intimate and troubling portrayal of how Colorado’s relaxed marijuana laws have drawn hundreds of parents to the state to seek miracle cures for desperately ill children.

 

-all links are to pdfs unless otherwise indicated-

December 5, 2014 Video: Desperate journey
December 7, 2014 Desperate journey
December 8, 2014 "We’ve tried it all"
December 9, 2014 Pushing ahead
December 7, 2014 Photo gallery: a desperate journey for CBD in Colorado
December 8, 2014 CBD treatment has a history of roadblocks
December 8, 2014 Neurologist cautious on oil’s benefits
December 9, 2014, 2014 Girl’s story led to boom
December 7, 2014, 2014 Online video of Janea and Haleigh Cox
December 7, 2014 Photo gallery: CBD families
Cover letter for entry

 

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John Ingold is a staff writer at The Denver Post.

Joe Amon joined the photography staff at The Denver Post in 2008.

Lindsay Pierce joined The Denver Post in 2011.

2015 Pulitzer Prize Nominated Finalist

Local Reporting

Ziva Branstetter and Cary Aspinwall of the Tulsa World for courageous reporting on the execution process in Oklahoma after a botched execution – reporting that began a national discussion.

 

-all links are to pdfs

June 22, 2014 Fatal flaws (Part 1): Paths to death
June 23, 2014 Fatal flaws (Part 2): Lethal lessons
June 24, 2014 Fatal flaws (Part 3): Data deficit
May 1, 2014 Execution scrutiny rages
May 11, 2014 Secrets still shroud state execution
December 14, 2014 Botched execution was 'a bloody mess'
December 23, 2014 Judge won’t halt executions
Cover letter for entry

 

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Ziva Branstetter is the enterprise editor at the Tulsa World, where she has worked since 1994.

Cary Aspinwall is an enterprise writer for the Tulsa World.

2015 Pulitzer Prize Nominated Finalist

Local Reporting

Joe Mahr, Joseph Ryan and Matthew Walberg of the Chicago Tribune for their probe into government corruption in a Chicago suburb, using public records, human stories and shoe-leather reporting to lay out the consequences.

 

-all links are to pdfs

February 9, 2014 Justice hard to find in 'lawless' suburb
February 9, 2014 Seeking justice in Harvey
February 10, 2014 In Harvey, who polices the police?
February 11, 2014 FBI operation helped re-elect Harvey mayor
February 19, 2014 Officials call for Harvey inquiry
March 21, 2014 Destitute Harvey still a big spender
May 27, 2014 Harvey called ‘dangerous’
August 22, 2014 Harvey mayor refuses testimony
August 29, 2014 Chicago wants Harvey’s water collections seized
December 26, 2014 Litany of complaints, abundance of concern
Cover letter for entry

 

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Joe Mahr is an investigative reporter focused on regional reporting for the Chicago Tribune.

Joseph Ryan was an investigative reporter for the Chicago Tribune until June 2014.

Matthew Walberg is a general assignment reporter for the Chicago Tribune.

2015 Pulitzer Prize Nominated Finalist

International Reporting

Ned Parker and a team from Reuters for intrepid reports of the disintegration of Iraq and the rise of ISIS, linking the developing catastrophe to a legacy of sectarianism, corruption and violence seeded by the U.S. invasion.

 

-all links are to pdfs-

October 14, 2014 Inside the fall of Mosul
March 20, 2014 Iraq forces testify to atrocities
June 30, 2014 Maliki and the limits of U.S. power
September 30, 2014 How Islamic State uses wheat to tighten its grip in Iraq
December 3, 2014 How Exxon helped make Iraqi Kurdistan
November 12, 2014 Iran’s men in Baghdad
December 17, 2014 Inside Iraq’s ‘killing zones’
December 29, 2014 A nation in pieces
January 16, 2015 Cover letter for entry

 

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Ned Parker joined Reuters as their Baghdad bureau chief in February 2014.

2015 Pulitzer Prize Nominated Finalist

International Reporting

Richard Marosi and Don Bartletti of the Los Angeles Times for reporting on the squalid conditions and brutal practices inside the multibillion dollar industry that supplies vegetables from Mexican fields to American supermarkets.

 

-all links are to pdfs unless otherwise indicated-

December 7, 2014 Paying the price
December 7, 2014 Video: Hardship on Mexico’s farmers, a bounty for U.S. tables
December 10, 2014 'I just want to go home'
December 7, 2014 Video: 'The real truth is that we’re work animals for the fields'
December 12, 2014 'They take your last peso'
December 14, 2014 Video: 'I work because we need money to eat things'
December 14, 2014 A child’s burden
December 14, 2014 Video: From the hands of children
December 20, 2014 Produce industry vows reform on Mexico farms
Video - Behind the series: Product of Mexico
Cover letter for entry

 

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Richard Marosi reports from the U.S.-Mexico border for the Los Angeles Times.

Don Bartletti has been a photojournalist with the Los Angeles Times since 1984.

2015 Pulitzer Prize Nominated Finalist

National Reporting

David Jackson, Gary Marx and Duaa Eldeib of the Chicago Tribune for their exposé of the perils faced by abused children placed in Illinois’s residential treatment centers.

 

-all links are to pdfs unless otherwise indicated

December 3, 2014 Instead of therapy, violence and chaos
December 3, 2014 ’I was getting punched, kicked’
December 4, 2014 In treatment yet still ‘living the street life’
December 6, 2014 Lawmakers vow action on abuse of state wards
December 7, 2014 Taken to safe place, kids abused again
December 7, 2014 Troubled teens find perilous refuge
December 8, 2014 Sex trade claims runaways from troubled facilities
December 9, 2014 Minor misbehavior gets youths arrested
December 9, 2014 Abuses occur across the U.S.
December 3, 2014 Web entry: We felt caged: Seven stories of Rock River Academy
Cover letter for entry

 

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David Jackson has been a Tribune reporter since 1991.

Gary Marx started at the Chicago Tribune in 1988 and was the Tribune’s South America correspondent from 1990 until 1994.

Duaa Eldeib is an investigative reporter at the Chicago Tribune.

2015 Pulitzer Prize Nominated Finalist

Feature Photography

Bob Owen, Jerry Lara and Lisa Krantz of the San Antonio Express-News for chilling photographs that document the hard road Central American migrants must follow to seek refuge in the United States.

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click on image below to view slideshow

 

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Bob Owen, San Antonio Express-News Chief Photographer, has worked at the newspaper for 31 years.

Jerry Lara, San Antonio Express-News staff photographer, began covering Mexico in 1994 with the Mexican Zapatista Revolution.

Lisa Krantz is an award-winning photographer, and has won the Scripps-Howard photo award twice.

2015 Pulitzer Prize Nominated Finalist

Feature Photography

Bülent Kılıç of Agence France-Presse in Washington, D.C., for his compelling photographs of Kurds fleeing ISIS attacks in small Kurdish towns on the Syrian-Turkish border.

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Born in 1980, Bülent Kılıç is a photojournalist based in İstanbul.

2015 Pulitzer Prize Nominated Finalist

National Reporting

Marisa Taylor, Jonathan Landay and Ali Watkins of McClatchy Newspapers for timely coverage of the Senate Intelligence Committee's report on CIA torture, demonstrating initiative and perseverance in overcoming government efforts to hide the details.

 

-all links are to pdfs

March 4, 2014 Probe: Did the CIA spy on the U.S. Senate?
March 6, 2014 FBI probing alleged removal of documents from CIA by Senate staffers
March 7, 2014 Senate Intelligence panel staffers took secret CIA papers years before agency discovered them missing
March 11, 2014 Feinstein: CIA may have violated Constitution with monitoring of Senate staffers
March 12, 2014 White House withholds thousands of documents from Senate CIA probe, despite vows of help
April 11, 2014 CIA’s use of harsh interrogation went beyond legal authority, Senate report says
October 16, 2014 Senate’s inquiry into CIA torture sidesteps blaming Bush, aids
August 27, 2014 In Senate-CIA fight on interrogation report, another controversy
July 25, 2014 After CIA gets secret whistleblower email, Congress worries about more spying
December 30, 2014 Intelligence, defense whistleblowers remain mired in broken system
Cover letter for entry

 

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Marisa Taylor, an investigative reporter, has more than 15 years of daily newspaper experience in Washington, California, Virginia, Texas and Mexico.

Jonathan S. Landay is senior national security and intelligence correspondent for McClatchy Newspapers.

Ali Watkins worked as a regional reporter and intelligence correspondent for McClatchy Newspapers’ Washington bureau.

2015 Pulitzer Prize Nominated Finalist

National Reporting

Walt Bogdanich and Mike McIntire of The New York Times for stories exposing preferential police treatment for Florida State University football players who are accused of sexual assault and other criminal offenses.

 

-all links are to pdfs

April 16, 2014 A top player accused, and a flawed rape inquiry
July 13, 2014 Reporting rape, and wishing she hadn’t
September 15, 2014 In Florida student assaults, an added burden on accusers
October 12, 2014 Home field advantage
November 15, 2014 Florida State player fled crash but got only traffic tickets
Cover letter for entry

 

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Walt Bogdanich is an assistant editor in the investigations unit of The New York Times.

Mike McIntire is an investigative reporter for The New York Times.

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Paul Gigot elected chair of the Pulitzer Prize Board

Paul Gigot, the editorial page editor and vice president of The Wall Street Journal, has been elected chair of the Pulitzer Prize Board.

Gigot succeeds Danielle Allen, a scholar and author who is the incoming director of the Edmund J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University. The Pulitzer Board chairmanship is a one-year appointment. Board members serve a maximum of nine years.

Gigot’s career at The Wall Street Journal spans 35 years. He has held his current position since 2001. He is responsible for the newspaper's editorials, op-ed articles, arts criticism and book reviews. -- 05/04/2015

read more ...

2015 Pulitzer Winners and Nominated Finalists

2015 Pulitzer Prizewinners and Nominated Finalists were announced at 3pm, Monday, April 20, 2015, at Columbia University in New York City.

Winners' biographies and photos are available, along with winning stories, columns, editorials, photos and cartoons, in all 14 Journalism categories. Synopses of winning books, and samples from winners in drama and music are also available. Work by Journalism finalists will be posted in the coming weeks. -- 04/20/2015

video of Pulitzer Administrator Mike Pride's announcement of the 2015 winners

Pulitzer winners celebrate!

J.P. Browning, publisher of The Post and Courier hugs reporter Doug Pardue (left), after learning the paper had been awarded the 2015 Public Service Prize. The Public Service gold medal, along with 14 other Prizes, will be awarded at a luncheon ceremony at Columbia University on May 28th.

Reporters Doug Pardue, Glenn Smith, Jennifer Berry Hawes and Natalie Caula Hauff worked on the Prizewinning series, Till Death Do Us Part, "a riveting series that probed why South Carolina is among the deadliest states in the union for women and put the issue of what to do about it on the state’s agenda."

Adam Zyglis (right) is toasted by Buffalo News staffers, including managing editor Brian Connolly.

Zyglis was awarded the 2015 Pulitzer Prize in Editorial Cartooning for using "strong images to connect with readers while conveying layers of meaning in a few words. “My head is spinning, I can’t believe it,” Zyglis said.

The Buffalo News staff was also a finalist in the Breaking News Reporting category for its coverage of November 2014 snowstorms.

read more about Pulitzer Prize winners in the news...

Next up: "100 Years of Pulitzer"

From the Dallas Morning News Editorial:
"Once a year, journalists gather in newsrooms nationwide, as they did last week, to learn the winners of the annual Pulitzer Prizes and pop champagne corks for awards received. This year, winning journalism ranged from coverage of domestic violence in South Carolina to Secret Service security lapses at the White House to a killer Washington state mudslide — and more...

"Cities, schools, universities, museums, libraries, community centers, festivals, organizations and book clubs are invited to join in the Pulitzer Prize Centennial Campfires Initiative, a $1.5 million project developed by the Pulitzer Board in partnership with the Federation of State Humanities Councils.

"Options abound, and grants are available for lectures, discussions and programs involving past winners. Think Faulkner, Hemingway, Steinbeck, Harper Lee, Frost, Sandburg, Mailer, Updike, Tennessee Williams, Eudora Welty, plus contemporary writers. Consider musicians, writers of commentary, criticism." -- 04/29/2015

read more ...

Prizes to launch national "Campfires Initiative" to celebrate 2016 Centennial

The Pulitzer Prize Board, in preparation for the 100th awarding of the Prizes in 2016, is launching a $1.5-million national initiative to ignite broad engagement with the journalistic, literary and artistic values they represent.

The project, called the Pulitzer Prize Centennial Campfires Initiative, will generate grassroots events and conversations across the country throughout 2016 about the impact of journalism and the humanities on our lives and times, illuminating their value to public life today and imagining their future.

"We intend to reach diverse audiences, using Campfire events to foster invigorating discussions – much as actual campfires create circles of conversation – both in person and through social media,” said Joyce Dehli, Pulitzer Prize Board member and chair of the Campfires Initiative. “We also hope to inspire new generations of practitioners." -- 03/30/2015

read more...

Pulitzer Prizes expand eligibility in Feature and Investigative categories

The Pulitzer Prizes in journalism, which honor the work of American newspapers and news sites, have expanded eligibility for two prize categories, Investigative Reporting and Feature Writing, to include many online and print magazines, the Pulitzer Prize Board announced today.

"After a considered review and discussion, we are adopting these changes in a spirit of experimentation, rooted in a commitment to the enduring values of great journalism," said Danielle Allen, chair of the Pulitzer Prize Board. "We have chosen to focus our evolution on investigative reporting because of its relevance to public life and feature writing because of its emphasis on literary merit." -- 12/08/2014

read more...

Mike Pride elected Pulitzer Prize administrator

Mike Pride, the former editor of the Concord Monitor who led his small New Hampshire newspaper to national prominence and served as co-chair of the Pulitzer Prize Board, has been named administrator of the Pulitzer Prizes.

The appointment, effective Sept. 1, was announced by the Pulitzer Board and by Lee C. Bollinger, president of Columbia University, where the prestigious prizes in journalism, letters, drama and music are administered.

Pride succeeds Sig Gissler, 78, former editor of The Milwaukee Journal and Columbia Journalism School faculty member, who will retire Aug. 1 after 12 years as administrator.

Pride, 67, became editor of the Monitor in 1983 after serving as managing editor. Under his leadership the Monitor won the New England Newspaper of the Year Award 19 times, as well as numerous national awards for excellence. The paper was cited by Time magazine and the Columbia Journalism Review as one of the best papers in the country. In 2008, the Monitor won the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography.-- 07/01/2014

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Paul Gigot of The Wall Street Journal named new Pulitzer Prize Board Chair

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Sabina Lee, sabina.lee@columbia.edu or (212) 854-5579


New York, N.Y. (May 4, 2015) – Paul Gigot, the editorial page editor and vice president of The Wall Street Journal, has been elected chair of the Pulitzer Prize Board, Columbia University announced today.

Gigot succeeds Danielle Allen, a scholar and author who is the incoming director of the Edmund J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University. The Pulitzer Board chairmanship is a one-year appointment. Board members serve a maximum of nine years.

Gigot’s career at The Wall Street Journal spans 35 years. He has held his current position since 2001. He is responsible for the newspaper's editorials, op-ed articles, arts criticism and book reviews. He also directs the editorial pages of the Journal's Asian and European editions and the OpinionJournal.com website. He is the host of the weekly half-hour news program, the Journal Editorial Report, on the Fox News Channel.

Gigot joined the Journal in 1980 as a reporter in Chicago. He became the Journal’s Asia correspondent in 1982, based in Hong Kong. He won an Overseas Press Club award for his reporting on the Philippines. In 1984, he was named the first editorial page editor of The Asian Wall Street Journal, based in Hong Kong. In 1987, he was assigned to Washington, where he contributed editorials and a weekly column on politics, “Potomac Watch,” which won the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary.

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The Pulitzer Prizes, which are administered at Columbia University, were established by Joseph Pulitzer, a Hungarian-American journalist and newspaper publisher, who left money to Columbia University upon his death in 1911. A portion of his bequest was used to found the School of Journalism in 1912 and establish the Pulitzer Prizes, which were first awarded in 1917.

The Pulitzer Board is composed mainly of leading journalists or news executives from media outlets across the U.S., as well as five academics or persons in the arts. The dean of Columbia's journalism school and the administrator of the prizes are nonvoting members. The chair rotates annually to the most senior member or members. The board is self-perpetuating in the election of members. Voting members may serve three terms of three years for a total of nine years.

2015 Pulitzer Prize Nominated Finalist

Breaking News Photography

Tyler Hicks, Sergey Ponomarev and Wissam Nassar of The New York Times for capturing key moments in the human struggle in Gaza and providing a fresh take on a long, bloody conflict.

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Tyler Hicks is a senior photographer for The New York Times.

Sergey Ponomarev is a freelance photographer. Before becoming a freelancer in 2012, Mr. Ponomarev worked for the Associated Press starting in 2003.

Wissam Nassar is an award-winning Palestinian photographer. Mr. Nassar’s work has been published in international newspapers including The New York Times and in Time Magazine.

2015 Pulitzer Prize Nominated Finalist

Breaking News Photography

Mauricio Lima, Sergey Ponomarev and Uriel Sinai of The New York Times for photographs that portrayed the conflict in Ukraine in an intimate way, showing how the battle for power crushed the lives of people.

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Mauricio Lima is a documentary photographer focused on social issues and humanitarian crisis. He frequently contributes to The New York Times, among other clients.

Sergey Ponomarev is a freelance photographer. Before becoming a freelancer in 2012, Mr. Ponomarev worked for the Associated Press starting in 2003.

Uriel Sinai began working as a freelance photographer for The New York Times in 2014, after 11 years with Getty Images.

2015 Pulitzer Prize Nominated Finalist

Editorial Cartooning

Dan Perkins, drawing as Tom Tomorrow, of Daily Kos for cartoons that create an alternate universe -- an America frozen in time whose chorus of conventional wisdom is at odds with current reality.

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Dan Perkins' weekly cartoon, This Modern World, appears regularly in papers across the country, and online at sites including Daily Kos, Medium, The Nation, and Alternet.

2015 Pulitzer Prize Nominated Finalist

Editorial Cartooning

Kevin Kallaugher of The Baltimore Sun for simple, punchy cartoons with a classic feel lampooning the hypocrisy of not just his subjects but also his readers.

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Kevin Kallaugher (KAL) is the international award-winning editorial cartoonist for The Baltimore Sun and The Economist magazine of London.

2015 Pulitzer Prize Nominated Finalist

Breaking News Reporting

Los Angeles Times Staff for a quick but thoughtful response to a shooting spree, beginning with minute-by-minute digital storytelling and evolving into print coverage that delved into the impact of the tragedy.

 

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Timeline Web entry - 24 hours coverage of deadly rampage near UC Santa Barbara
5:59 a.m.. May 24, 2014 7 dead in drive-by shootings near UC Santa Barbara
8:17 a.m., May 24, 2014 Video vowing slaughter may be tied to shootings near UC Santa Barbara
2:24 p.m., May 24, 2014c Isla Vista shootings: Parent had warned police about son’s threats
May 25, 2014 Rampage in Isla Vista
May 25, 2014 Killer’s videos reflect cold rage
May 26, 2014, 2014 Red flags came too late
May 26, 2014, 2014 Disbelief turns to mourning
May 27, 2014, 2014 Grief and questions
May 30, 2014 A check on Rodger, but not videos
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2015 Pulitzer Prize Nominated Finalist

Breaking News Reporting

The Buffalo News Staff for a superbly reported and written account of a lake-effect snowstorm, using human detail to illuminate the story and multimedia elements to help readers through the storm.

 

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Highlights of The Buffalo News’ Coverage of the November lake-effect storms
November 19, 2014 Western New Yorkers prove yet again their resilience when it’s stormiest
November 20, 2014 Here we go again
November 20, 2014 Stranded motorists on Thruway not happy about being abandoned
November 21, 2014 Enough already
November 22, 2014 Digging out
November 22, 2014 Motorist recounts 13 hours buried in car
November 22, 2014 Two drivers found dead in snow covered cars
November 23, 2014 Next up: flooding
November 23, 2014 More weird weather is likely
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2015 Pulitzer Prize Nominated Finalist

Public Service

The Wall Street Journal for "Deadly Medicine," a stellar reporting project that documented the significant cancer risk to women of a common surgery and prompted a change in the prescribed medical treatment.

 

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November 22, 2014 Medical device sidelined too late to save some
December 16, 2014 Devices get quick approval, little follow-up from FDA
April 12, 2014 Doctors discounted early hints of popular procedure’s risks
April 18, 2014 FDA warns on popular medical procedure
April 30, 2014 Cancer risk halts sale of surgical tool
May 22, 2014 Deciding against morcellation may have saved her life, patient believes
May 22, 2014, 2014 FDA advisory vexes doctors
February 20, 2014 Video: Hospital restricts procedure that may lead to cancer
July 9, 2014 Cancer risk raises doubts over FDA oversight of medical tools
July 11, 2014 Doctor with industry tie leaves FDA safety panel
July 23, 2014 New cancer risk seen from medical tool
August 19, 2014 Personal Journal: Answers for women with fibroids
September 21, 2014 Video: The Short Answer: Uterine fibroid procedure risks spreading cancer
September 22, 2014 Gynecologists resist FDA over popular surgical tool
November 22, 2014 The rise of surgical robots spurred morcellator use
November 24, 2014 Cancer-risk debate didn’t halt surgeries
November 25, 2014 FDA gives surgical tool its strongest warning
December 9, 2014 Doctors advise FDA and companies, too
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2015 Pulitzer Winners and Nominated Finalists

2015 Pulitzer Prizewinners and Nominated Finalists were announced at 3pm, Monday, April 20, 2015, at Columbia University in New York City.

Winners' biographies and photos are available, along with winning stories, columns, editorials, photos and cartoons, in all 14 Journalism categories. Synopses of winning books, and samples from winners in drama and music are also available. Work by Journalism finalists will be posted in the coming weeks. -- 04/28/2015

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Pulitzer winners celebrate!

J.P. Browning, publisher of The Post and Courier hugs reporter Doug Pardue (left), after learning the paper had been awarded the 2015 Public Service Prize.

The Public Service gold medal will be awarded at a luncheon ceremony at Columbia University on May 28th. Reporters Doug Pardue, Glenn Smith, Jennifer Berry Hawes and Natalie Caula Hauff worked on the Prizewinning series, Till Death Do Us Part, "a riveting series that probed why South Carolina is among the deadliest states in the union for women and put the issue of what to do about it on the state’s agenda."

Adam Zyglis (right) is toasted by Buffalo News staffers, including managing editor Brian Connolly.

Zyglis was awarded the 2015 Pulitzer Prize in Editorial Cartooning for using "strong images to connect with readers while conveying layers of meaning in a few words. “My head is spinning, I can’t believe it,” Zyglis said.

The Buffalo News staff was also a finalist in the Breaking News Reporting category for its coverage of November 2014 snowstorms.

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Prizes to launch national "Campfires Initiative" to celebrate 2016 Centennial

The Pulitzer Prize Board, in preparation for the 100th awarding of the Prizes in 2016, is launching a $1.5-million national initiative to ignite broad engagement with the journalistic, literary and artistic values they represent.

The project, called the Pulitzer Prize Centennial Campfires Initiative, will generate grassroots events and conversations across the country throughout 2016 about the impact of journalism and the humanities on our lives and times, illuminating their value to public life today and imagining their future.

"We intend to reach diverse audiences, using Campfire events to foster invigorating discussions – much as actual campfires create circles of conversation – both in person and through social media,” said Joyce Dehli, Pulitzer Prize Board member and chair of the Campfires Initiative. “We also hope to inspire new generations of practitioners." -- 03/30/2015

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Pulitzer Prizes expand eligibility in Feature and Investigative categories

The Pulitzer Prizes in journalism, which honor the work of American newspapers and news sites, have expanded eligibility for two prize categories, Investigative Reporting and Feature Writing, to include many online and print magazines, the Pulitzer Prize Board announced today.

"After a considered review and discussion, we are adopting these changes in a spirit of experimentation, rooted in a commitment to the enduring values of great journalism," said Danielle Allen, chair of the Pulitzer Prize Board. "We have chosen to focus our evolution on investigative reporting because of its relevance to public life and feature writing because of its emphasis on literary merit." -- 12/08/2014

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Mike Pride elected Pulitzer Prize administrator

Mike Pride, the former editor of the Concord Monitor who led his small New Hampshire newspaper to national prominence and served as co-chair of the Pulitzer Prize Board, has been named administrator of the Pulitzer Prizes.

The appointment, effective Sept. 1, was announced by the Pulitzer Board and by Lee C. Bollinger, president of Columbia University, where the prestigious prizes in journalism, letters, drama and music are administered.

Pride succeeds Sig Gissler, 78, former editor of The Milwaukee Journal and Columbia Journalism School faculty member, who will retire Aug. 1 after 12 years as administrator.

Pride, 67, became editor of the Monitor in 1983 after serving as managing editor. Under his leadership the Monitor won the New England Newspaper of the Year Award 19 times, as well as numerous national awards for excellence. The paper was cited by Time magazine and the Columbia Journalism Review as one of the best papers in the country. In 2008, the Monitor won the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography.-- 07/01/2014

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2015 Pulitzer Prize Nominated Finalist

Criticism

Sarah Schweitzer of The Boston Globe for her masterful narrative of one scientist's mission to save a rare whale, a beautiful story fortified by expansive reporting, a quiet lyricism and disciplined use of multimedia;

 

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Sarah Schweitzer has been a reporter for The Boston Globe for 13 years.

2015 Pulitzer Prize Nominated Finalist

Criticism

Jennifer Gonnerman, The New Yorker, for a taut, spare, devastating re-creation of the three-year imprisonment of a young man at Rikers Island, much of it spent in solitary confinement, after he was arrested for stealing a backpack.

 

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October 6, 2014 Before the law
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Jennifer Gonnerman has been writing about the criminal justice system for 15 years. She recently joined The New Yorker as a staff writer.

2015 Pulitzer Prize Nominated Finalist

Criticism

Stephanie Zacharek of The Village Voice, a New York City weekly, for film criticism that combines the pleasure of intellectual exuberance, the perspective of experience and the transporting power of good writing.

 

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July 2, 2014 Fifty years on, A Hard Day’s Night is still revelatory
December 10, 2014 Why we need comedy
August 20, 2014 Lithgow, Molina, and Manhattan all move in Love Is Strange
October 29, 2014 Interstellar may be grand, but it doesn’t connect
October 29, 2014 How John Wick restored my faith in violent movies
March 5, 2014 I’m trying to love Wes Anderson, that miniaturist puppet-master
December 17, 2014 Timothy Spall unearths the man beneath Mr. Turner’s gruffness
March 19, 2014 The Missing Picture: Surviving the Khmer Rouge, with puppets
May 14, 2014 The Immigrant feels classical but also breathes
April 2, 2014 Under the Skin is alluring, creepy, and great
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Stephanie Zacharek is the chief film critic for the Village Voice.

2015 Pulitzer Prize Nominated Finalist

Criticism

Manohla Dargis, The New York Times, for film criticism that rises from a sweeping breadth of knowledge – social, cultural, cinematic – while always keeping the viewer front and center

 

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May 30, 2014 Dumped by her prince, so watch out
December 7, 2014 Making history
July 11, 2014 From baby fat to stubble: Growing up in real time
February 23, 2014 Being human seems enough
March 21, 2014 This dystopia has some smooches
April 18, 2014 I am my own monster (Technology rules!)
August 1, 2014 Yee-ha! Space cowboy saves the day
April 4, 2014 Courage, loyalty, honor, kablooey
May 2, 2014 To the manner born?
December 28, 2014 It’s a men’s, men’s, men’s world
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Manohla Dargis is a chief film critic for The New York Times.

2015 Pulitzer Prize Nominated Finalist

Commentary

Matthew Kaminski of The Wall Street Journal, for columns from Ukraine, sometimes reported near heavy fighting, deepening readers’ insights into the causes behind the conflict with Russia and the nature and motives of the people involved.

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February 27, 2014 Ukraine’s Revolution: Triumphant and wary
March 3, 2014 The battle for eastern Ukraine is under way
March 8, 2014 Why Putin fears Ukraine: It’s an alternative Russia
March 11, 2014 Russia targets the Crimean Tartars—again
March 27, 2014 Putin’s neo-Soviet men
April 14, 2014 The West leaves Ukraine to Putin
April 15, 2014 Putin tightens his clampdown at home
September 5, 2014 From failed state to tourist haven
October 3, 2014 Angela Merkel’s Putin problem
October 28, 2014 A millennium of Jews in Poland
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Matthew Kaminski is a member of The Wall Street Journal’s editorial board in New York, a post he took up in July 2008.

2015 Pulitzer Prize Nominated Finalist

Commentary

The late David Carr of The New York Times, for columns on the media whose subjects range from threats to cable television’s profit-making power to ISIS’s use of modern media to menace its enemies.

 

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May 19, 2014 Editor’s exit at the Times puts tensions on display
December 15, 2014 Sowing mayhem, one click at a time
November 25, 2014 Calling out Cosby’s media enablers
November 3, 2014 Journalism, independent and not
September 8, 2014 Medieval message, modern delivery
October 27, 2014 Facebook offers life raft, but publishers are wary
July 28, 2014 War horror at your fingertips, fast and straight from the gut
September 29, 2014 Growling by Comcast may bring tighter leash
April 28, 2014 New challenges chip away at cable’s pillar of profit
October 23, 2014 Ben Bradlee’s charmed, charming life
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David Carr wrote a column for the Monday Business section of The New York Times which focused on media issues including print, digital, film, radio and television. Carr passed away on February 12, 2015.