Pulitzer Prize for Criticism

The Pulitzer Prize for Criticism has been presented since 1970 to a newspaper writer who has demonstrated 'distinguished criticism'. Recipients of the award are chosen by an independent board and officially administered by Columbia University. The Pulitzer Committee issues an official citation explaining the reasons for the award.

Winners and citations

The Criticism Pulitzer has been awarded to one person annually except in 1992 when it was not awarded—43 prizes in 44 years 1970–2013. No person has won it twice.[1]

  • 1970: Ada Louise Huxtable, The New York Times, "for distinguished criticism during 1969"
  • 1971: Harold C. Schonberg, The New York Times, "for his music criticism during 1970"
  • 1972: Frank Peters Jr., St. Louis Post-Dispatch, "for his music criticism during 1971"
  • 1973: Ronald Powers, Chicago Sun-Times, "for his critical writing about television during 1972"
  • 1974: Emily Genauer, Newsday, "for her critical writing about art and artists"
  • 1975: Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, "for his film criticism during 1974"
  • 1976: Alan M. Kriegsman, The Washington Post, "for his critical writing about dance during 1975"
  • 1977: William McPherson, The Washington Post, "for his contribution to 'Book World'"
  • 1978: Walter Kerr, New York Times, "for articles on the theater in 1977 and throughout his long career"
  • 1979: Paul Gapp, Chicago Tribune, architecture
  • 1980: William A. Henry III, The Boston Globe, "for critical writing about television"
  • 1981: Jonathan Yardley, Washington Star, "for his book reviews"
  • 1982: Martin Bernheimer, Los Angeles Times, "for classical music criticism"
  • 1983: Manuela Hoelterhoff, The Wall Street Journal, "for her wide-ranging criticism on the arts and other subjects."
  • 1984: Paul Goldberger, The New York Times, "for architectural criticism"
  • 1985: Howard Rosenberg, Los Angeles Times, "for his television criticism"
  • 1986: Donal Henahan, The New York Times, "for his music criticism"
  • 1987: Richard Eder, Los Angeles Times, "for his book reviews."
  • 1988: Tom Shales, The Washington Post, "for his television criticism"
  • 1989: Michael Skube, The News & Observer (Raleigh, North Carolina), "for his writing about books and other literary topics"
  • 1990: Allan Temko, San Francisco Chronicle, "for his architecture criticism"
  • 1991: David Shaw, Los Angeles Times, "for his critiques of the way in which the media, including his own paper, reported the McMartin preschool trial"
  • 1992: no award given
  • 1993: Michael Dirda, The Washington Post, "for his book reviews"
  • 1994: Lloyd Schwartz, Boston Phoenix, "for his skillful and resonant classical music criticism"
  • 1995: Margo Jefferson, The New York Times, "for her book reviews and other cultural criticism"
  • 1996: Robert Campbell, The Boston Globe, "for his knowledgeable writing on architecture"
  • 1997: Tim Page, The Washington Post, "for his lucid and illuminating music criticism"
  • 1998: Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times, "for her passionate, intelligent writing on books and contemporary literature"
  • 1999: Blair Kamin, Chicago Tribune, "for his lucid coverage of city architecture, including an influential series supporting the development of Chicago's lakefront area"
  • 2000: Henry Allen, The Washington Post, "for his fresh and authoritative writing on photography"
  • 2001: Gail Caldwell, The Boston Globe, "for her insightful observations on contemporary life and literature"
  • 2002: Justin Davidson, Newsday, "for his crisp coverage of classical music that captures its essence"
  • 2003: Stephen Hunter, The Washington Post, "for his authoritative film criticism that is both intellectually rewarding and a pleasure to read"
  • 2004: Dan Neil, Los Angeles Times, "for his one-of-a-kind reviews of automobiles, blending technical expertise with offbeat humor and astute cultural observations"
  • 2005: Joe Morgenstern, The Wall Street Journal, "for his reviews that elucidated the strengths and weaknesses of film with rare insight, authority and wit"
  • 2006: Robin Givhan, The Washington Post, "for her witty, closely observed essays that transform fashion criticism into cultural criticism"
  • 2007: Jonathan Gold, LA Weekly, "for his zestful, wide ranging restaurant reviews, expressing the delight of an erudite eater"
  • 2008: Mark Feeney, The Boston Globe, "for his penetrating and versatile command of the visual arts, from film and photography to painting"
  • 2009: Holland Cotter, The New York Times, "for his wide ranging reviews of art, from Manhattan to China, marked by acute observation, luminous writing and dramatic storytelling"[2]
  • 2010: Sarah Kaufman, The Washington Post, "for her refreshingly imaginative approach to dance criticism, illuminating a range of issues and topics with provocative comments and original insights"
  • 2011: Sebastian Smee, The Boston Globe, "for his vivid and exuberant writing about art, often bringing great works to life with love and appreciation"
  • 2012: Wesley Morris, The Boston Globe, "for his smart, inventive film criticism, distinguished by pinpoint prose and an easy traverse between the art house and the big-screen box office"
  • 2013: Philip Kennicott, The Washington Post, "for his eloquent and passionate essays on art and the social forces that underlie it, a critic who always strives to make his topics and targets relevant to readers"
  • 2014: Inga Saffron, The Philadelphia Inquirer, "for her criticism of architecture that blends expertise, civic passion and sheer readability into arguments that consistently stimulate and surprise"
  • 2015: Mary McNamara of the Los Angeles Times, "for savvy criticism that uses shrewdness, humor and an insider’s view to show how both subtle and seismic shifts in the cultural landscape affect television."[3]
  • 2016: Emily Nussbaum of The New Yorker, "for television reviews written with an affection that never blunts the shrewdness of her analysis or the easy authority of her writing."[4]
  • 2017: Hilton Als of The New Yorker, "for bold and original reviews that strove to put stage dramas within a real-world cultural context, particularly the shifting landscape of gender, sexuality and race."[5]
  • 2018: Jerry Saltz of New York, "for a robust body of work that conveyed a canny and often daring perspective on visual art in America, encompassing the personal, the political, the pure and the profane."
  • 2019: Carlos Lozada of The Washington Post, "for trenchant and searching reviews and essays that joined warm emotion and careful analysis in examining a broad range of books addressing government and the American experience."[6]


  1. ^ "Criticism". The Pulitzer Prizes. Retrieved November 18, 2013.
  2. ^ Holland Cotter bio page. The New York Times. Retrieved July 7, 2010.
  3. ^ "Criticism". The Pulitzer Prizes. Retrieved 20 April 2015.
  4. ^ "Criticism". The Pulitzer Prizes. Retrieved 18 April 2016.
  5. ^ "Criticism". Retrieved 11 April 2017.
  6. ^ "2019 Pulitzer Prizes Journalism: Criticism - Carlos Lozada of The Washington Post". 2019-04-15. Retrieved 2019-04-16.
Carlos Lozada (journalist)

Carlos Lozada (born 1971) is a Peruvian journalist. Since 2015, he has served as the nonfiction book critic for The Washington Post. He was a finalist for the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Criticism, and won the award in 2019. He also won the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing.

David Shaw (writer)

David Shaw (January 4, 1943 – August 1, 2005) was an American journalist. He was best known for his reporting for the Los Angeles Times, where he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism in 1991. He wrote criticism of food, wine, and film, but is perhaps best known for taking a critical eye on the media itself.

Donal Henahan

Donal Henahan (February 28, 1921 – August 19, 2012) was an American music critic and journalist who had lengthy associations with the Chicago Daily News and The New York Times. With the Times he won the annual Pulitzer Prize for Criticism in 1986; he had been a finalist in 1982.

Emily Nussbaum

Emily Nussbaum (born 1966) is an American critic. She serves as the television critic for The New Yorker. In 2016, she won the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism.

Holland Cotter

Holland Cotter (born April 9, 1947) is an art critic with the New York Times. In 2009, he won the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism.

Howard Rosenberg

Howard Anthony Rosenberg (born June 10, 1942) is an American television critic. He worked at The Louisville Times from 1968 through 1978 and then worked at the Los Angeles Times for 25 years where he won a Pulitzer Prize for Criticism. Rosenberg coined the term mixed martial arts, or MMA, in the inaugural Ultimate Fighting Championship event at UFC 1 in November 1993. In recent years he has written the book No Time to Think: The Menace of Media Speed and the 24-Hour News Cycle with Charles S. Feldman and compiled an anthology of his works, Not So Prime Time: Chasing the Trivial on American Television. Rosenberg was a member of the Peabody Awards Board of Jurors from 1996 to 2003. He currently teaches multiple classes on television criticism as an adjunct professor at the USC School of Cinematic Arts.

Rosenberg argued:

if one word characterizes TV-driven popular culture, it's excess – the steroidal massing that comes from going too far, artificially swelling something beyond what's natural.The Forbes Media Guide Five Hundred, 1994 states:

Smart and perceptive, Rosenberg crafts stylish reviews of TV shows and trends, producing columns both witty and quotable.... Tuned in to both TV and the outside world, Rosenberg provides the caviar of critiques.

Inga Saffron

Inga Saffron (born November 9, 1957) is an American journalist. She won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Criticism while writing for The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Joe Morgenstern

Joe Morgenstern (born October 3, 1932) is an American film critic and journalist, currently writing for The Wall Street Journal. He has won a Pulitzer Prize for Criticism.

Jonathan Gold

Jonathan Gold (July 28, 1960 – July 21, 2018) was an American food and music critic. He wrote for the Los Angeles Times and had previously written for LA Weekly and Gourmet, as well as being a regular on KCRW's Good Food radio program. Gold often chose small, traditional immigrant restaurants for his reviews, although he covered all types of cuisine. In 2007, he became the first food critic to win the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism.

Jonathan Yardley

Jonathan Yardley (born October 27, 1939) was the book critic at The Washington Post from 1981 to December 2014, and held the same post from 1978 to 1981 at the Washington Star. In 1981 he received the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism.

Mark Feeney

Mark Feeney (born 1957) is an arts critic for The Boston Globe. He is the author of the book Nixon at the Movies (2004).

Martin Bernheimer

Martin Bernheimer (born September 28, 1936, in Munich, Germany) is an American music critic. He studied at Brown University and the Hochschule für Musik in Munich as well as with the musicologist Gustave Reese at New York University.

His career writing about music began in New York City, writing for the New York Herald Tribune, working as an assistant to Irving Kolodin at the Saturday Review, and landing the position of music critic at the New York Post. In 1965, he moved to Los Angeles where he worked as the chief music and dance critic for the Los Angeles Times. He was twice the recipient of ASCAP's Deems Taylor Award (1974 and 1978) and in 1982, won the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism.

Since 1996, several publications have published Bernheimer's writing on opera, including Opera News and the Financial Times of London. He also lectures frequently and provides commentary for opera broadcasts.

Mary McNamara

Mary McNamara (born 1963) is an American journalist and television critic for the Los Angeles Times. She won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Criticism.

Michael Dirda

Michael Dirda (born 1948) is a book critic for the Washington Post. He has been a Fulbright Fellow and won a Pulitzer Prize in 1993.

Michiko Kakutani

Michiko Kakutani (born January 9, 1955) is an American literary critic and former chief book critic for The New York Times. Her awards include a Pulitzer Prize for Criticism.

Richard Eder

Richard Gray Eder (August 16, 1932 – November 21, 2014) was an American critic. For 20 years, he was variously a foreign correspondent, a film reviewer and the drama critic for the New York Times. Subsequently he was book critic for the Los Angeles Times, winning a Pulitzer Prize for Criticism and the National Book Critics Circle annual citation for an entry consisting of reviews of John Updike's Roger's Version, Clarice Lispector's The Hour of the Star, and Robert Stone's Children of the Light.In the last years of his life, he wrote book reviews for both Times's and the Boston Globe. On November 21, 2014, Eder died of pneumonia as a result of post-polio syndrome in Boston, Massachusetts, aged 82. He was a great-grandson of James Martin Eder.

Stephen Hunter

Stephen Hunter (born March 25, 1946) is an American novelist, essayist, and film critic.

Tom Shales

Thomas William Shales (born November 3, 1944) is an American writer and critic of television programming and operations. He is best known as the television critic for The Washington Post, for which Shales received the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism in 1988. He also writes a column for the television news trade publication NewsPro, published by Crain Communications.

Wesley Morris

Wesley Morris (born 1975) is an American journalist, film critic and podcast host. He is currently critic-at-large for The New York Times, as well as co-host, with Jenna Wortham, of the Times podcast Still Processing. Previously, Morris wrote for The Boston Globe, then Grantland. He won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Criticism for his work with The Globe.

Pulitzer Prize for Criticism

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