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  • The 2015 Pulitzer Prizes


    Public Service The Post and Courier, Charleston, S.C.

    Breaking News Reporting The Seattle Times Staff

    Investigative Reporting (two prizes) Eric Lipton of The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal Staff

    Explanatory Reporting Zachary R. Mider of Bloomberg News

    Local Reporting Rob Kuznia, Rebecca Kimitch and Frank Suraci of the Daily Breeze, Torrance, Calif.

    National Reporting Carol D. Leonnig of The Washington Post

    International Reporting The New York Times Staff

    Feature Writing Diana Marcum of the Los Angeles Times

    Commentary Lisa Falkenberg of the Houston Chronicle

    Criticism Mary McNamara of the Los Angeles Times

    Editorial Writing Kathleen Kingsbury of The Boston Globe

    Editorial Cartooning Adam Zyglis of The Buffalo News

    Breaking News Photography St. Louis Post-Dispatch Photography Staff

    Feature Photography Daniel Berehulak, freelance photographer, The New York Times


    Fiction All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (Scribner)

    Drama Between Riverside and Crazy by Stephen Adly Guirgis

    History Encounters at the Heart of the World: A History of the Mandan People by Elizabeth A. Fenn (Hill and Wang)

    Biography The Pope and Mussolini: The Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise of Fascism in Europe by David I. Kertzer (Random House)

    Poetry Digest by Gregory Pardlo (Four Way Books)

    General Nonfiction The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert (Henry Holt)


    Anthracite Fields by Julia Wolfe (Red Poppy/G. Schirmer, Inc.)


  • The 2015 Pulitzer Prizes-Fact Sheet



    More than 2,500 entries are submitted each year to the Pulitzer Prize competition and 21 prizes are awarded (22 this year).

    The year-long process begins with the appointment of 102 distinguished jurors who serve on separate juries and make three recommendations in each of 21 categories.


    In the 14 Journalism categories, 1,191 entries were submitted this year (59 more than last year).

    In Journalism, there was a robust competition with finalists coming from 24 different news organiza-tions. Winners represented 12 organizations.

    This year, two categories, Investigative Reporting and Feature Writing, were opened to entries from print and online magazines. Qualifying magazines submitted a total of 64 entries in the two categories.

    A New Yorker story by Jennifer Gonnerman was a finalist in Feature Writing.

    The board awarded two Pulitzer Prizes in Investigative Journalism, one to Eric Lipton of The New York Times and one to The Wall Street Journal Staff. Lipton also won the 1992 prize in Explanatory Reporting.


    In the arts categories, juries reviewed 1,452 books (11 more than last year). They also reviewed 198 Music entries and 105 plays.

    This years arts and letters recipients are all first-time Pulitzer Prize winners. Julia Wolfe, the Music winner, was a nominated finalist in the category in 2010.


    The Board is composed of 18 members, 16 of whom are voting members.

    Members serve a maximum of three three-year terms.


    Juries range in size. Journalism juries generally have five or seven members, depending on the vol-ume in a category. Book juries have three members. Music and Drama juries have five members each.


    The Board makes the final decisions after evalu-ating all the finalists nominated by the juries and considering jury reports.

    Prizes are awarded by majority vote of the Board, but the Board is also empowered to vote no prize, or by three-fourths vote to switch nomina-tions among categories, or to select any entry that has not been nominated by a jury.


    The prizes will be awarded at a luncheon on May 28 at Columbias Low Library.


    The iconic Gold Medal is awarded each year to the American news organization that wins the Public Service category. It is never awarded to an individual. However, through the years, the Medal has come to symbolize the entire Pulitzer program.

  • The 2015 Pulitzer Prizes-Nominating Juries in JournalismCATEGORy ASSIGNMENTS


    1. Public ServiceScott Kraft, deputy managing editor, Los Angeles Times (Chair)

    Rebecca Blumenstein, deputy editor-in-chief, The Wall Street Journal

    Robin Fields, managing editor, ProPublica, New york, Ny

    Martin Gottlieb, editor, The Record and Herald News of North Jersey

    Josh Meyer, director of education and outreach of the National Security

    Journalism Initiative, Northwestern University

    Sandy Sugawara, managing editor, Trove, Washington, DC

    Rene Sanchez, editor and senior vice president, Star Tribune, Minneapolis, MN

    2. Breaking News ReportingLeona Allen, deputy managing editor, The Dallas Morning News (Chair)

    Naedine Hazell, special projects and publications editor, Hartford Courant

    Fred Kalmbach, managing editor, The Advocate, Baton Rouge, LA

    Mark Luckie, manager, journalism and media, Twitter, New york, Ny

    3. Investigative Reporting *Mark Schoofs, investigations and projects editor, BuzzFeed News, New york, Ny (Chair)

    *Brett Blackledge, investigations editor, Naples Daily News, Naples, FL

    Karen Bordeleau, senior vice president and executive editor, Providence Journal

    Mike Hudson, senior editor, International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, Center for Public Integrity, Washington, DC

    Tim Golden, managing editor, news and investigations, The Marshall Project, New york, Ny

    Marty Kaiser, former editor and senior vice president, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

    Emily Ramshaw, editor, The Texas Tribune

    Susan Snyder, reporter, The Philadelphia Inquirer

    Alan White, editor, Eagle-Tribune, North Andover, MA

    4. Explanatory ReportingJennifer Orsi, managing editor, Tampa Bay Times (Chair)

    Deb Anderluh, senior editor for investigations and enterprise, Sacramento Bee

    Thomas Fladung, managing editor, The Plain Dealer, Cleveland, OH

    Amalie Nash, editor and vice president for audience engagement, The Des Moines Register

    Monica Richardson, managing editor, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

    Cliff Schechtman, executive editor, Portland Press Herald and Maine Sunday Telegram

    *Jeff Taylor, editor and vice president/news, The Indianapolis Star/

    5. Local ReportingAngie Muhs, executive editor and vice president of audience development, The State Journal-Register, Springfield, IL (Chair)

    Buffy Andrews, assistant managing editor, social media & engagement, York Daily Record, york, PA

    Bill Church, executive editor, Sarasota Herald-Tribune

    Meg Heckman, lecturer of journalism, University of New Hampshire

    Jacinthia Jones, metro editor, The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, TN

    Carlos Sanchez, executive editor, The Monitor, McAllen, TX

    Ned Seaton, publisher and editor-in-chief, The Manhattan Mercury, Manhattan, KS

    6. National ReportingDavid Shipley, senior executive editor, Bloomberg View, New york, Ny (Chair)

    Trif Alatzas, senior vice president and executive editor, The Baltimore Sun

    Mary Elson, managing editor, Tribune Content Agency, Chicago, IL

    Brian McGrory, editor, The Boston Globe

    Terri Thompson, director, Knight-Bagehot Fellowship in Economics and Business Journalism, Columbia University

  • The 2015 Pulitzer Nominating Juries in Journalism

    * Pulitzer Prize Winner


    7. International ReportingHannah Allam, national correspondent, McClatchy Newspapers, Washington, DC (Chair)

    Philip Bennett, Eugene C. Patterson Professor and director, De Witt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy, Duke University

    S. Mitra Kalita, managing editor for editorial strategy, Los Angeles Times

    Lydia Polgreen, deputy international editor, The New York Times

    Michael Williams, global enterprise editor, Thomson Reuters, New york, Ny

    8. Feature Writing*Ann Marie Lipinski, curator, Nieman Foundation, Harvard University (Chair)

    *David Finkel, national enterprise editor, The Washington Post

    Susan Gage, director of local content, Oregonian Media Group, Portland, OR

    Adrian Nicole LeBlanc, author, New york, Ny

    Mary Rajkumar, international enterprise editor, Associated Press, New york, Ny

    *Barry Siegel, professor of English and director, Literary Journalism Program, University of California, Irvine

    Julia Turner, editor-in-chief, Slate, New york, Ny

    9. CommentaryJim Newkirk, viewpoints editor, Houston Chronicle (Chair)

    vincent Carroll, editorial page editor, The Denver Post

    John Diaz, editorial page editor, San Francisco Chronicle

    *Harold Jackson, editorial page editor, The Philadelphia Inquirer

    Jane Kirtley, Silha Professor of media ethics and law, University of Minnesota

    Kate Riley, editorial page editor, The Seattle Times

    Terri Troncale, editorial page editor, Times-Picayune, New Orleans, LA

    10. Criticism*Gail Caldwell, author, Cambridge, MA (Chair)

    Eric Banks, director, New york Institute for the Humanities

    Michael Phillips, film critic, Chicago Tribune

    *Connie Schultz, columnist, Creators Syndicate, Los Angeles, CA

    Bill Wyman, author & cultural critic, Al-Jazeera America, New york, Ny

    11. Editorial Writingvanessa Gallman, editorial page editor, Lexington Herald-Leader (Chair)

    Rita Ciolli, editorial and opinion editor, Newsday, Long Island, Ny & amNewYork, New york, Ny

    John Fensterwald, editor-at-large, EdSource Today, San Francisco, CA

    Pam Platt, editorial director, The Courier-Jo