Pulitzer Prize

The Pulitzer Prize, part of a system of prestigious annual American awards recognizing exemplary work in journalism and also in arts and letters, is administered by Columbia University in New York. Established in the will of newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer, and first presented in 1917, the Pulitzers have grown from a mere handful of prizes—including for newspaper public service, reporting, and editorial writing—to encompass more than 20 awards in categories that honor writers of nonfiction and fiction books, plays, poetry, and music as well as journalists. Nationally, the Pulitzer Prize also has served as a model for other award programs that recognize achievement across a wide range of fields in journalism and beyond.

Since the early years of the prizes, when print newspapers and magazines represented ...

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