Pulitzer Prizes were announced today with conservative Washington Post columnist, Kathleen Parker winning first place in commentary. The Pulitzer Prize is considered the most prestigious award in U.S. journalism and commentary is the category most associated with columnists.
The Pulitzer for commentary was “Awarded to Kathleen Parker of The Washington Post for her perceptive, often witty columns on an array of political and moral issues, gracefully sharing the experiences and values that lead her to unpredictable conclusions.” You can read some of her columns on the Washington Post which may not be identical to the Pulitzer entry.
Also nominated as finalists in this category were: David Leonhardt of The New York Times for his writing on the nation’s most pressing and complex economic concerns, and Phillip Morris of The Plain Dealer, Cleveland, for his columns that about the rough streets of the city.
The Pulitzers are given out annually by Columbia University on the recommendation of a board of distinguished journalists and others. All journalists are not automatically considered, only those who are entered. Each award carries a $10,000 prize, except for a public service award, which is a gold medal. The full list of winners can be found on the Pulitzer Prize website.