Michael Vitez

Michael Vitez (born April 11, 1957) is an American journalist and author.

Vitez has written for The Philadelphia Inquirer since 1985 and is known for his human-interest stories. In 1997, Vitez, along with Inquirer photographers April Saul and Ron Cortes, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Explanatory Journalism for a series of articles he wrote on end-of-life care, telling the stories of terminally ill patients who wished to die with dignity.[1]

Michael Vitez
BornApril 11, 1957 (age 61)
OccupationJournalist, author, columnist
Spouse(s)Maureen Fitzgerald
Children3 children


Vitez was born on April 11, 1957, in Washington, DC and grew up in northern Virginia. After graduating from the University of Virginia in 1979, Vitez found positions at a series of middle-sized newspapers, including the Virginian-Pilot/Ledger Star, the Washington Star, and the Hartford Courant before being offered and accepting a position at the Inquirer in 1985.[2]

In Philadelphia, Vitez has had a long career as a general-assignment features writer. After completing a year as a Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan in 1994/1995, Vitez began to focus on aging, which persisted after his 1997 Pulitzer Prize win. He has written extensively on the murder-rate in Philadelphia, gun control, along with softer, more community-oriented pieces [2]. As a result of the work he did which led to his Pulitzer Prize win, Vitez wrote 'Final Choices,' a book focusing on individuals in pursuit of a noble death that was published in January 1998. In November 2006, Vitez published 'Rocky Stories,' which was a collection of stories about people who came to Philadelphia to run the famous steps at the Philadelphia Art Museum. The book, which featured glossy, color photos by Inquirer photographer and fellow Pulitzer Prize-winner Tom Gralish, features an introduction by the star of the Rocky movies, Sylvester Stallone. Vitez appeared briefly (uncredited) at the end of the movie Rocky Balboa (film).

In 1997, Vitez said of his interests that he tries "to celebrate ordinary people around us by showing how ordinary people sometimes do extraordinary things".[2]


  1. ^ "About Mike Vitez". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Archived from the original on 17 Feb 2007.
  2. ^ a b "Michael Vitez Biography for the Pulitzer Prize committee".

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Vitez, the Serbo-Croatian word for "knight", may refer to:

Recipients of the Knighthood in the Independent State of Croatia

Recipients of the Hungarian Knightly Order of Vitéz

Vitez, a town in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Michael Vitez, journalist for the Philadelphia Inquirer

Zlatko Vitez (born 1950), Croatian actor

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