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.
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.
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.
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.
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