Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing

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The Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing is one of the fourteen American Pulitzer Prizes that are annually awarded for Journalism. It has been awarded since 1917 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. Thus it is one of the original Pulitzers, for the program was inaugurated in 1917 with seven prizes, four of which were awarded that year.[1] The program has also recognized opinion journalism with its Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning from 1922.

Finalists have been announced from 1980, ordinarily two others beside the winner.[2]

One person ordinarily wins the award for work with one newspaper or with affiliated papers, and that was true without exception between 1936 (the only time two prizes were given) and 1977. In the early years, several newspapers were recognized without naming any writer, and that has occasionally happened recently. Several times from 1977, two or three people have shared the award for their work with one paper.

Winners and citations[edit]

In its first 97 years to 2013, the Editorial Writing Pulitzer was awarded 89 times. In nine years there was no award given and there were two prizes in 1936. No one has won it twice.[2]


  1. ^ "1917 Winners". The Pulitzer Prizes (pulitzer.org). Retrieved 2013-12-19.
  2. ^ a b "Editorial Writing". The Pulitzer Prizes (pulitzer.org). Retrieved 2013-11-18.
  3. ^ Christopher N.J. Roberts. "William H. Fitzpatrick's Editorials on Human Rights (1949)". Quellen zur Geschichte der Menschenrechte. Retrieved November 4, 2017.
  4. ^ Donal Grant (May 3, 1966). "Editorials on Viet Nam helped win Pulitzer Prize for Lasch". St. Louis Post-Dispatch – via Newspapers.com. (Part 2 of article)
  5. ^ Robert Lasch (January 17, 1965). "The Containment of Ideas". St. Louis Post-Dispatch – via Newspapers.com.
  6. ^ "Arthur Browne, Beverly Weintraub and Heidi Evans of New York Daily News". The Pulitzer Prizes. Retrieved 2022-02-15.
  7. ^ "Post-Star Pulitzer: Mahoney is honored for editorials". Glens Falls, NY: The Post-Star (poststar.com). April 21, 2009. Archived 2009-05-25. Retrieved 2013-11-18.
  8. ^ "The Pulitzer Prizes | Citation". Pulitzer.org. April 2014. Retrieved April 15, 2014.
  9. ^ "Editorial Writing". The Pulitzer Prizes. Retrieved 20 April 2015.
  10. ^ "Editorial Writing". The Pulitzer Prizes. Retrieved 4 August 2016.
  11. ^ "Editorial Writing". pulitzer.org. Retrieved 11 April 2017.
  12. ^ "Editorial Writing". pulitzer.org. Retrieved 16 February 2019.
  13. ^ "2019 Pulitzer Prizes Journalism: Editorial Writing - Brent Staples of The New York Times". 2019-04-15. Retrieved 2019-04-16.
  14. ^ B. Bohrer (2020-05-05). "Alaska's largest newspaper wins Pulitzer Prize". The Associated Press. Retrieved 2020-06-18.
  15. ^ Ren LaForme (2020-05-05). "Here are the winners of the 2020 Pulitzer Prizes". Poynter. Retrieved 2020-06-18.
  16. ^ "2021 Pulitzer Prizes & Finalists". Pulitzer Prize. Retrieved May 9, 2022.
  17. ^ "2022 Pulitzer Prizes & Finalists". Pulitzer Prize. May 9, 2022. Retrieved May 9, 2022.
  18. ^ "The 2023 Pulitzer Prize Winner in Editorial Writing". Pulitzer Prizes. Retrieved May 15, 2023.