Pulitzer Prize

One of the nation’s most prestigious honors, the Pulitzer Prize has been awarded by Columbia University since 1917. Named after Hungarian-American journalist and newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer, the awards are based on the recommendations of a board of jurors for Journalism, Letters, Music and Drama. Prizes for Jouralism include Investigative Reporting, Explanatory Writing, Commentary, as well as National and International Reporting. Prizes for Letters include Fiction, Non-fiction, Poetry, Biography or Autobiography, and History.

Bret Stephens

AB’95

Pulitzer Prize for Commentary, 2013
For his incisive columns on American foreign policy and domestic politics, often enlivened by a contrarian twist.


Daniel Gilbert

AB’05

Pulitzer Prize for Public Service Journalism, 2010
For his work in illuminating the murky mismanagement of natural-gas royalties owed to thousands of land owners in southwest Virginia, spurring remedial action by state lawmakers.

Daniel Gilbert

Rick Atkinson

AM’76

Pulitzer Prize for History, 2003
An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa 1942—1943

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David Auburn

AB’91

Pulitzer Prize for Drama, 2001
Proof


Michael Aronson

AB'85

Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing, 1999


Mark Strand

Professor in the Committee on Social Thought, 1998–present

Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, 1999
Blizzard of One

Mark Strand

Philip Roth

AM’55

Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, 1998
American Pastoral

Philip Roth

Katharine Graham

AB’38

Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography, 1998
Personal History

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Shulamit Ran

William H. Colvin Professor of Music, 1973–present

Pulitzer Prize for Music, 1991
Symphony

Shulamit Ran

Sebastian de Grazia

AB’44, PhD’48

Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography, 1990
Machiavelli in Hell


Daniel Hertzberg

AB’68

Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Journalism, 1988
Along with the Wall Street Journal’s James B. Stewart; for their stories about an investment banker charged with insider trading and the critical day that followed the Oct. 19, 1987, stock market crash.


John Hope Franklin

Professor in History, 1964–69; Chairman, Department of History, 1967–70; John Matthews Manly Distinguished Service Professor, 1969–82

Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography, 1986
George Washington Williams: A Biography

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Studs Terkel

PhB’32, JD’34

Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction, 1985
The Good War: An Oral History of World War Two

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Carl Sagan

AB’54, SB’55, SM’56, PhD’60

Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction, 1978
The Dragons of Eden

Carl Sagan

Saul Bellow

X’39; Raymond W. and Martha Hilpert Gruner Distinguished Service Professor in the Committee on Social Thought and the Department of English, 1962–93; Chairman of the Committee on Social Thought, 1970–76

Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, 1976
Humboldt's Gift

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Roger Ebert

X’70; Lecturer at Graham School

Pulitzer Prize for Criticism, 1975
For his film criticism during 1974.


Daniel J. Boorstin

Professor in History, 1944–64; Preston and Sterling Morton Distinguished Service Professor, 1964–69

Pulitzer Prize for History, 1974
The Americans: The Democratic Experience

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David S. Broder

AB’47, AM’51; Washington Post

Pulitzer Prize for Commentary, 1973
For his coluns during 1972.


Seymour M. Hersh

AB’58; Dispatch News Service, Washington, D.C.

Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting, 1970
For his exclusive disclosure of the Vietnam War tragedy at the hamlet of My Lai.


George Crumb

Pulitzer Prize for Music, 1968
Echoes of Time and the River


Thornton Wilder

Lecturer, 1930–37

Pulitzer Prize for Drama, 1942
The Skin of Our Teeth

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Thornton Wilder

Lecturer, 1930–37

Pulitzer Prize for Drama, 1938
Our Town

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Bernadotte E. Schmitt

Andrew MacLeish Distinguished Service Professorship of Modern History, 1925–46

Pulitzer Prize for History, 1931
The Coming of the War, 1914


Thornton Wilder

Lecturer, 1930–37

Pulitzer Prize for Novel, 1928
The Bridge of San Luis Rey

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