2011 Pulitzer Prize

The 2011 Pulitzer Prizes were announced on Monday, April 18, 2011. The Los Angeles Times won two prizes, including the highest honor for Public Service. The New York Times also won two awards.[1] No prize was handed out in the Breaking News category.[2] The Wall Street Journal won an award for the first time since 2007.[3] Jennifer Egan's A Visit From the Goon Squad picked up the Fiction prize after already winning the 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award.[4] Photographer Carol Guzy of The Washington Post became the first journalist to win four Pulitzer Prizes.[3]

In December 2010, three rules changes were revealed for the 2011 Awards. The first allows print and online outlets that publish at least weekly to use a number of media to report the news "including text reporting, videos, databases, multimedia or interactive presentations or any combination of those formats". The second rule change allows up to five people to be named in an award citation; the previous limit was three. The final rule change allows for digital submission of images to the judges in the two photography categories.[5]

Below, the winner(s) in each category are listed.


Letters, Drama and Music

Special Citation

Not awarded in 2011.


  1. ^ "2011 Pulitzer Prize Winners". Pulitzer.org.
  2. ^ a b "The 2011 Pulitzer Prize Winners Breaking News Reporting". Pulitzer.org.
  3. ^ a b Peters, Jeremy W. (April 18, 2011). "2011 Pulitzer Prize Winners Announced". The New York Times.
  4. ^ Steinberg, Julie (April 18, 2011). "Jennifer Egan on Winning the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction". The Wall Street Journal.
  5. ^ "Pulitzer Prize Board announces changes for 2011 journalism competition". Pulitzer.org.
  6. ^ "The 2011 Pulitzer Prize Winners Public Service". Pulitzer.org.
  7. ^ "No One Wins Pulitzer for Breaking News Reporting". Adweek.com.
  8. ^ "The 2011 Pulitzer Prize Winners Investigative Reporting". Pulitzer.org.
  9. ^ "The 2011 Pulitzer Prize Winners Explanatory Reporting". Pulitzer.org.
  10. ^ "The 2011 Pulitzer Prize Winners Local Reporting". Pulitzer.org.
  11. ^ "The 2011 Pulitzer Prize Winners National Reporting". Pulitzer.org.
  12. ^ "The 2011 Pulitzer Prize Winners International Reporting". Pulitzer.org.
  13. ^ "The 2011 Pulitzer Prize Winners Feature Writing". Pulitzer.org.
  14. ^ "The 2011 Pulitzer Prize Winners Commentary". Pulitzer.org.
  15. ^ "The 2011 Pulitzer Prize Winners Criticism". Pulitzer.org.
  16. ^ "The 2011 Pulitzer Prize Winners Editorial Writing". Pulitzer.org.
  17. ^ "The 2011 Pulitzer Prize Winners Editorial Cartooning". Pulitzer.org.
  18. ^ "The 2011 Pulitzer Prize Winners Breaking News Photography". Pulitzer.org.
  19. ^ "The 2011 Pulitzer Prize Winners Feature Photography". Pulitzer.org.
  20. ^ "The 2011 Pulitzer Prize Winners Fiction". Pulitzer.org.
  21. ^ "The 2011 Pulitzer Prize Winners Drama". Pulitzer.org.
  22. ^ "The 2011 Pulitzer Prize Winners History". Pulitzer.org.
  23. ^ "The 2011 Pulitzer Prize Winners Biography or Autobiography". Pulitzer.org.
  24. ^ "The 2011 Pulitzer Prize Winners Poetry". Pulitzer.org.
  25. ^ "Pulitzer Prize Luncheon". Pulitzer.org.
  26. ^ "The 2011 Pulitzer Prize Winners Music". Pulitzer.org.

External links

A Visit from the Goon Squad

A Visit from the Goon Squad is a 2011 Pulitzer Prize-winning work of fiction by American author Jennifer Egan. The book is a set of thirteen interrelated stories with a large set of characters all connected to Bennie Salazar, a record company executive, and his assistant, Sasha. The book centers on the mostly self-destructive characters, who, as they grow older, are sent in unforeseen, and sometimes unusual, directions by life. The stories shift back and forth in time from the late 1960s to the present and into the near future. Many of the stories take place in and around New York City, although other settings include San Francisco, Italy, and Kenya.

In addition to winning the Pulitzer Prize, the book also won the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction in 2010. The novel received mostly positive reviews from critics.

Amy Ellis Nutt

Amy Ellis Nutt is a Washington, D.C.-based journalist and a New York Times bestselling author. She was the recipient of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing for her reporting at The Star-Ledger on the 2009 wreck of the Lady Mary fishing vessel. She has also worked as a health and science writer for The Washington Post and a writer-reporter at Sports Illustrated.


Broder or Bröder is a surname. Notable people with the surname Broder / Bröder include:

Andrei Broder, Research Fellow and Vice President of Emerging Search Technology for Yahoo!

Andrew Broder (1845–1918), Ontario farmer and merchant, member of the Canadian House of Commons from 1896 to 1911

Annie Glen Broder (1857–1937), Canadian musician

Berl Broder (1817–1868), Ukrainian Jew and the most famous of the Broder singers

David S. Broder (1929–2011), Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, columnist for The Washington Post, and professor at the University of Maryland

Gavin Broder (born 1959), former chief Rabbi of Ireland

Henryk Broder (born 1946), German journalist, columnist for the daily newspaper Die Welt

Melissa Broder (born 1979), poet and writer

Mirko Bröder (1911–1943), Hungarian–Serbian chess master

Samuel Broder, co-developer of anti AIDS drugs and former Director of the National Cancer Institute

Bruce Norris (playwright)

Bruce Norris (born May 16, 1960) is an American actor and playwright associated with the Steppenwolf Theatre Company of Chicago. His play Clybourne Park won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Clybourne Park

Clybourne Park is a 2010 play by Bruce Norris written as a spin-off to Lorraine Hansberry's play A Raisin in the Sun (1959). It portrays fictional events set before and after the Hansberry play, and is loosely based on historical events that took place in the city of Chicago. It premiered in February 2010 at Playwrights Horizons in New York. The play received its UK premiere at the Royal Court Theatre in London in a production directed by Dominic Cooke. The play received its Chicago premiere at Steppenwolf Theatre Company in a production directed by Steppenwolf ensemble member Amy Morton. As described by The Washington Post, the play "applies a modern twist to the issues of race and housing and aspirations for a better life." Clybourne Park was awarded the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the 2012 Tony Award for Best Play.

Jean Valentine

Jean Valentine (born April 27, 1934) is an American poet and was the New York State Poet Laureate from 2008–2010. Her poetry collection, Door in the Mountain: New and Collected Poems, 1965–2003, was awarded the 2004 National Book Award for Poetry.Her most recent book, Shirt In Heaven, was published in 2015 by Copper Canyon Press. Before that, Break the Glass (Copper Canyon Press, 2010) was a finalist for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Her first book, Dream Barker, won the Yale Series of Younger Poets competition in 1965. She has published poems widely in literary journals and magazines, including The New Yorker, and Harper's Magazine, and The American Poetry Review. Valentine was one of five poets including Charles Wright, Russell Edson, James Tate and Louise Glück, whose work Lee Upton considered critically in The Muse of Abandonment: Origin, Identity, Mastery in Five American Poets (Bucknell University Press, 1998). She has held residencies from Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, Ucross, and the Lannan foundation, among others.

She was born in Chicago, United States, received bachelor of arts and a master of arts degrees at Radcliffe College, and has lived most of her life in New York City. She has taught with the Graduate Writing Program at New York University, at Columbia University, at the 92nd Street Y in Manhattan, and at Sarah Lawrence College. She is a faculty member at the Vermont College of Fine Arts. She was married to the late American historian James Chace from 1957–1968, and they have two daughters, Sarah and Rebecca.

Jennifer Egan

Jennifer Egan (born September 7, 1962) is an American novelist and short story writer who lives in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn with her husband and two sons. Egan's novel A Visit from the Goon Squad won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction. As of February 28, 2018, she is the President of the PEN America Center.

Jonathan Dee

Jonathan Dee (born May 19, 1962) is an American novelist and non-fiction writer. His fifth novel, The Privileges, was a finalist for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

Kathleen Gallagher

Kathleen Gallagher is a Wisconsin-based non-profit executive who was awarded the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting. Gallagher wrote with Mark Johnson, a reporter at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, a book based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning series called "One in a Billion: The Story of Nic Volker and the Dawn of Genomic Medicine." The book was published by Simon and Schuster in 2016. Gallagher is now Executive Director of the Milwaukee Institute, a non-profit that promotes technology and innovation. She is also Executive in Residence for Investment Communications at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Gallagher was formerly a communications consultant at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and a writing instructor at the American Bankers Association.

Madame White Snake (opera)

Madame White Snake is an opera with music by Zhou Long and libretto by Cerise Lim Jacobs, published by Oxford University Press. Awarded the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Music, it was premiered on Feb. 26, 2010, by Opera Boston at the Cutler Majestic Theatre. It is based on the Legend of the White Snake and was created by Jacobs as a gift to her now late husband. The Pulitzer Committee described the opera as, "a deeply expressive opera that draws on a Chinese folk tale to blend the musical traditions of the East and the West." Zhou stated, "I have been working very hard to blend the East and the West for years." The opera was performed, in English, in Beijing in October 2010. In China Zhou's 2010 English-language opera shares the same title as the traditional Beijing opera version, Legend of the White Snake, Báishézhuàn, but is distinguished by the term "geju" (Western opera) rather than "jingju" (Beijing opera).

Jacobs' first libretto and Zhou's first opera, it was the first opera commissioned by Opera Boston, co-commissioned by the Beijing Music Festival Arts Foundation. Jacobs is Chinese-American retired lawyer and Zhou is a Chinese now American composer. "Giving voice to sweeping melodies worthy of Puccini without sounding imitative, and employing such vocal effects as bent pitches, slides and Sprechstimme to suggest the unique idiom of Peking Opera, [Zhou] wove both aesthetics into a unique whole, creating a vivid and freestanding musical world of his own."

Director: Robert Woodruff

Conductor: Gil Rose

Xiao Ching: Michael Maniaci

Madame White Snake: Ying Huang

Abbot Fahai: Dong-Jian Gong

Xu Xian: Peter Tantsits

Mike Keefe

Mike Keefe (born November 6, 1946, in Santa Rosa, California) is an American editorial cartoonist best known for his work at The Denver Post, for which he drew cartoons from 1975 to 2011. His cartoons are nationally syndicated, and have appeared in hundreds of newspapers as well as in Europe, Asia, and most major U.S. news magazines. He currently draws cartoons for The Colorado Independent.

He won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning.A former mathematician and automobile assembly line worker, Keefe was educated at the University of Missouri–Kansas City and attended Stanford University on a journalism fellowship. He served in the United States Marine Corps and was president of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists. Keefe was a juror for the 1997 and 1998 Pulitzer Prizes in Journalism. His awards include the Fischetti Award, National Sigma Delta Chi Gold Medallion, and the National Headliner Award.

Keefe is the author of three books: Running Awry, Keefe-Kebab, and The Ten-Speed Commandments. He plays guitar and harmonica for the rock & roll band Falling Rock.

Nicholas G. Carr

Nicholas G. Carr (born 1959) is an American writer who has published books and articles on technology, business, and culture. His book The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains was a finalist for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize in General Nonfiction.

Paige St. John

Paige St. John is an American journalist for the Los Angeles Times. Before joining the Times, St. John was at the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, where she earned the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting. The Pulitzer was the Herald Tribune's first, "for her examination of weaknesses in the murky property-insurance system vital to Florida homeowners, providing handy data to assess insurer reliability and stirring regulatory action."

Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon

Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon (born 1962, in Guadalajara, México) is a Mexican-American composer and chair of the composition department at Eastman School of Music. His Comala (2010, Bridge Records 9325) was a finalist for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Music and he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1995, a Mozart Medal in 1994, and a Lillian Fairchild Award in 2011. He was a student of George Crumb.

Comala, a cantata based on Juan Rulfo's Pedro Páramo, was premiered by The Furious Band at the Festival Música y Escena in México City.

Ron Chernow

Ronald Chernow (; born March 3, 1949) is an American writer, journalist, historian, and biographer. He has written bestselling and award-winning biographies of historical figures from the world of business, finance, and American politics.

He won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Biography and the 2011 American History Book Prize for his 2010 book, Washington: A Life. He is also the recipient of the National Book Award for Nonfiction for his 1990 book, The House of Morgan: An American Banking Dynasty and the Rise of Modern Finance. His biographies of Alexander Hamilton (2004) and John D. Rockefeller (1998) were both nominated for National Book Critics Circle Awards, while the former served as the inspiration for the Hamilton musical, for which Chernow worked as a historical consultant. Another book, The Warburgs: The Twentieth-Century Odyssey of a Remarkable Jewish Family, was honored with the 1993 George S. Eccles Prize for Excellence in Economic Writing. As a freelance journalist, he has written over 60 articles in national publications.

Sebastian Smee

Sebastian Smee is an Australian-born Pulitzer Prize-winning art critic for the Washington Post.

The Emperor of All Maladies

The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer is a book written by Siddhartha Mukherjee, an Indian-born American physician and oncologist. Published on 16 November 2010 by Scribner, it won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction: the jury called it "an elegant inquiry, at once clinical and personal".

The Shallows (book)

The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains, published in the United Kingdom as The Shallows: How the Internet Is Changing the Way We Think, Read and Remember, is a 2010 book by the American journalist Nicholas G. Carr. The book expands on the themes first raised in "Is Google Making Us Stupid?", Carr's 2008 essay in The Atlantic, and explores the effects of the Internet on the brain. The book claims research shows "online reading" yields lower comprehension than reading a printed page. The Shallows was a finalist for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize in General Nonfiction.

The Surrendered

The Surrendered is a novel by Chang-Rae Lee about the lives of three characters during the Korean War.

It was nominated as a finalist for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

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