The Pulitzer Prizes are given out every April to writers and journalists by the Graduate School of Journalism. They are named for Joseph Pulitzer, the J-School's founding donor, and were first awarded in 1917. The proper pronunciation of the name Pulitzer is "Pull it, sir," according to administrators of the prize.
Often, Columbia will acclaim alums for having received them, although they're given out by the university itself. Specifically, the Pulitzer Board, which decides the winners, consists of a number of longtime editors and professors, and, ceremonially, the University President.
Clearly, they don't give out an award for ethics.
Columbia alumni winners
Notable Columbia alumni who have won the prize include:
- 1996: Robert Campbell J'?, Boston Globe architecture critic
- 1997: Tim Page CC'79, Washington Post music critic
- 1924: Mihajlo Idvorski Pupin CC 1883
- 2008: John Matteson PhD?, English prof at John Jay College
- 2010: T.J. Stiles, MA, MPhil
- Carl Schorske CC'36, historian at Princeton
- 1976: Robert Neil Butler CC'49, physician
- 1984: Paul Starr CC'70, sociologist and public affairs professor at Princeton
- 1999: Edwin G. Burrows PhD'72, historian
A more comprehensive list of Columbia alumni winners will be posted here soon.