Pulitzer Prize Winners of Color

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For the month of April 2012, the Maynard Institute celebrates 30 exemplary journalists of color who have won the Pulitzer Prize –– the industry's most coveted and prestigious award.

The contributions that these journalists have made to the field through their courageous and diverse reporting is worthy of celebration and study. The women and men included are beat reporters, investigative journalists, opinion columnists and staff photographers. They remind us of the powerful impact that people of color continue to have in journalism as it's practiced at home and abroad.

This is by no means a definitive or exhaustive listing. It’s a starting point for learning, comment and discussion, in the lead up to the announcement of this year's Pulitzer Prize winners. Be heard. Tell us what you think and what we can learn!

Byron Acohido
March 31, 2012
Byron Acohido has been a newspaper reporter for 31 years. While at the Seattle Times earlier in his career, he won the 1997 Pulitzer Prize for Beat Reporting, and 11 other major awards for stories linking a dangerous defect in the rudder controls of... more »
April 1, 2012
Michelle Agins served as Personal Photographer to the late Chicago mayor, Harold Washington, the first African American woman selected for this position. She was the first African American woman to join the International Photographers of the Motion... more »
April 2, 2012
Dana Canedy is a senior editor at the New York Times, where she has been a journalist for twelve years. In 2001, she was part of a team that won a Pulitzer Prize for national reporting for "How Race Is Lived in America," a series on race relations... more »
April 2, 2012
In 1974, Ovie Carter traveled for nearly three months through African and India with fellow Chicago Tribune reporter William Mullen documenting the famine affecting almost half a billion people. Their journey, entitled Faces of Hunger, appeared in... more »
April 3, 2012
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist SANG-HUN CHOE is the 2010-2011 Koret Fellow of the Korean Studies Program at the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center. Choe has written extensively on U.S.-Korea relations for the international news... more »
April 3, 2012
Leon Dash, Swanlund/Center for Advanced Study Professor of Journalism, African-American Studies and Law, is a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and journalist with extensive experience in domestic and international reporting. Professor Dash joined the... more »
April 4, 2012
    Michel duCille has been Director of photography for The Washington Post since November 2007; he joined the Post in 1988 as picture editor. In 2005 he was an associate editor working primarily as a project photojournalist. ... more »
April 5, 2012
Steven A. Holmes is an editor in the Washington bureau of The New York Times. He wrote some of the articles and helped edit many others in the Times’ 15-part series “How Race Is Lived In America,” which won the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for national... more »
April 5, 2012
Nikki Kahn is the 2011 winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography, which is shared with Ricky Carioti and Carol Guzy. Kahn joined the staff at The Washington Post in January 2005 after her previous job as a photographer and editor at... more »
April 6, 2012
In 2003, Colbert King received the Pulitzer Prize, as the committee put it, "for his against the grain columns that speak to people in power with ferocity and wisdom". King is a critic of the criminal justice system, religious fundamentalism and the... more »