Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing

The Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing is one of the fourteen American Pulitzer Prizes that are annually awarded for Journalism. It has been awarded since 1979 for a distinguished example of feature writing giving prime consideration to high literary quality and originality.

Finalists have been announced from 1980, ordinarily two others beside the winner.[1]

Winners and citations

In its first 35 years to 2013, the Feature Writing Pulitzer was awarded 34 times; none was given in 2004 and 2014, and it was never split. Gene Weingarten alone won it twice, in 2008 and 2010.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Feature Writing". The Pulitzer Prizes (pulitzer.org). Retrieved 2013-12-26.
  2. ^ "Feature Writing". Retrieved 28 April 2016.
  3. ^ "Feature Writing". Retrieved 11 April 2017.
  4. ^ "2019 Pulitzer Prizes Journalism: Feature Writing - Hannah Dreier of ProPublica". 2019-04-15. Retrieved 2019-04-16.
Andrea Elliott

Andrea Elliott is an American journalist and a staff writer for The New York Times. She received the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing for a series of articles on an Egyptian-born imam living in Brooklyn.

Angelo Henderson

Angelo B. Henderson (c. 1962 – February 15, 2014) was an American journalist, radio broadcaster and minister from Detroit, MI. In 1999, Henderson won the Pulitzer Prize for Distinguished Feature Writing. Henderson remains the only African American journalist to win the Pulitzer Prize for The Wall Street Journal. As part of Henderson's advocacy efforts to encourage Detroit citizens to embrace civic involvement, he co-founded The Detroit 300, a citizen's patrol group aiding Detroit police; the Angelo B. Henderson Community Commitment Award has since been established in his name.

Barry Siegel

Barry Siegel (born September 7, 1949) is an American journalist. He is a former national correspondent for the Los Angeles Times who won the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing in 2002 for his piece "A Father's Pain, a Judge's Duty, and a Justice Beyond Their Reach." In 2003, University of California, Irvine recruited Siegel to chair the school's new undergraduate degree program in literary journalism. Siegel is the author of the true crime novel A Death in White Bear Lake, which is considered by many to be a seminal document regarding child abuse. He is also the author of Manifest Injustice; Claim of Privilege: A Mysterious Plane Crash, a Landmark Supreme Court Case, and the Rise of State Secrets; and a co-author of After Snowden: Privacy, Secrecy, and Security in the Information Age (with Ronald Goldfarb, Edward Wasserman, David D. Cole, Hodding Carter III, Thomas S. Blanton, and Jon L. Mills). Siegel lives in Sherman Oaks and Irvine, California.

C. J. Chivers

Christopher John Chivers (born 1964) is an American journalist and author best known for his work with The New York Times and Esquire magazine. He is currently assigned to The New York Times Magazine and the newspaper's Investigations Desk as a long-form writer and investigative reporter. In the summer of 2007, he was named the newspaper's Moscow bureau chief, replacing Steven Lee Myers.

Along with several reporters and photographers based in Pakistan and Afghanistan, he contributed to a New York Times staff entry that received the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting in 2009. He received the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing in 2017. His book, The Gun, a work of history published under the Simon & Schuster imprint, was released in October, 2010. Chivers is considered one of the most important war correspondents of his generation, noted for his expertise on weapons.

Gene Weingarten

Gene Norman Weingarten (born October 2, 1951) is an American syndicated humor columnist at The Washington Post. He is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, and is the only person to win the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing twice. Weingarten is known for both his serious and humorous work. Weingarten's column, "Below the Beltway," is published weekly in The Washington Post magazine and syndicated nationally by The Washington Post Writers Group, which also syndicates Barney & Clyde, a comic strip he co-authors with his son, Dan Weingarten, with illustrations by David Clark.

Hannah Dreier

Hannah Dreier is an American journalist who was the Venezuela correspondent for Associated Press for three years. She currently works as a reporter for ProPublica, covering immigration. She won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing.

Isabel Wilkerson

Isabel Wilkerson (born 1961) is an American journalist, and the author of The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration.

J. R. Moehringer

John Joseph "J.R." Moehringer (born December 7, 1964) is an American novelist and journalist. In 2000 he won the Pulitzer Prize for newspaper feature writing.

Jacqui Banaszynski

Jacqui Banaszynski is an American journalist. She was the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing in 1988. Banaszynski went on to become a professor and a Knight Chair at the school of journalism at University of Missouri.

Jon Franklin

Jon Daniel Franklin (born January 13, 1943) is an American writer. He was born in Enid, Oklahoma. He won the inaugural Pulitzer Prizes in two journalism categories both for his work as a science writer with the Baltimore Evening Sun. Franklin holds a B.S. in journalism from the University of Maryland. He is currently professor emeritus of journalism at his alma mater; previously, Franklin taught creative writing at the University of Oregon and was the head of the technical journalism department at Oregon State University. He received honorary degrees from the University of Maryland in 1981 and Notre Dame de Namur University in 1982.The Canadian television film Shocktrauma is based on the book Franklin co-wrote with Alan Doelp.

Working for The Baltimore Sun, Franklin won the first Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing in 1979, for covering a brain surgery, and won the first Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Journalism in 1985, for a series about molecular psychiatry, "The Mind Fixers".

Julia Keller

Julia Keller is an American writer and former journalist. Her awards include the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing.

Kathryn Schulz

Kathryn Schulz is an American journalist and author, and the former book critic for New York magazine. She joined The New Yorker as a staff writer in 2015. Schulz won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing for her New Yorker article on a potential large earthquake in the Pacific Northwest.

Lane DeGregory

Lane DeGregory is an American journalist who works for the Tampa Bay Times—St. Petersburg Times. She won the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing in 2009, recognizing "The Girl In the Window" (August 3, 2008)—"her moving, richly detailed story of a neglected little girl, found in a roach-infested room, unable to talk or feed herself, who was adopted by a new family committed to her nurturing."DeGregory has won dozens of other national journalism awards and has taught at universities and conferences across the country. In 2011, she was named a fellow by the Society of Professional Journalists.She received bachelor's and master's degrees in Rhetoric & Communication Studies from the University of Virginia. As an undergraduate, she was editor-in-chief of the student newspaper The Cavalier Daily.

Madeleine Blais

Madeleine Blais (born 1946) is an American journalist, author and professor in the University of Massachusetts Amherst's journalism department. As a reporter for the Miami Herald, Blais earned the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing in 1980 for "Zepp's Last Stand", a story about a self-declared pacifist and subsequently dishonorably discharged World War I veteran. Blais has worked at The Boston Globe (1971–1972), The Trenton Times (1974–1976) and the Miami Herald (1979–1987). She has also published articles in The Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, the Northeast Magazine in the Hartford Courant, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Newsday, Nieman Reports, the Detroit Free Press and the San Jose Mercury News. She is from Amherst, Massachusetts.

Nan C. Robertson

Nan C. Robertson (July 11, 1926 - October 13, 2009) was an American journalist, author and instructor in journalism. Her awards included a Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing.

Rick Bragg

Rick Bragg (born July 26, 1959) is an American journalist and writer known for non-fiction books, especially those about his family in Alabama. He won a Pulitzer Prize in 1996 recognizing his work at The New York Times.

Sonia Nazario

Sonia Nazario (born September 8, 1960 in Madison, Wisconsin) is an American journalist mostly known for her work at Los Angeles Times. She has written about social issues for more than two decades, most recently as a projects reporter for the Times. She holds the distinctions of winning the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing, and of being the youngest writer to be hired by the Wall Street Journal. She is currently working on her second book as well as traveling around the country speaking on the issue of unaccompanied immigrant children.

Teresa Carpenter

Teresa Carpenter (born 1948) is an American author. Her awards include the Pulitzer Prize for best feature writing.

Thomas French

Thomas M. French (born January 3, 1958) is an American writer and journalist.

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