Pulitzer Prizes Winners

  • Carl Bernstein was part of a team at The Washington Post that won a Pulitzer for public service for their coverage of the Watergate scandal. Bernstein played a key role in breaking this story.
  • Jon Franklin (Class of 1970) won two Pulitzers: one in 1979 for feature writing and one in 1985 for explanatory journalism.
  • Louis Harlan, professor emeritus of history, won the 1984 prize for biography.
  • Jane Healy (Class of 1971) won in 1988 for journalism.
  • Haynes Johnson, the Knight Chair in the Philip Merrill College of Journalism, won in 1966 for distinguished national reporting of the civil rights crisis.
  • David Broder, a Journalism faculty member, won the Pulitzer in 1973 for his columns in The Washington Post the preceding year.
  • Patrick Sloyan (Class of 1962) won the 1992 prize for International Reporting for his articles in Newsday on battlefield tactics and friendly fire incidents during the Persian Gulf War.
  • Eric Newhouse (M.A. 1971) earned the 2000 prize for explanatory reporting. His 12-part series, "Alcohol: Cradle to Grave," explores alcohol abuse and its impact on individuals, families, and society.
  • Ira Chinoy, visiting journalism professor and doctoral fellow, won in 1993 for investigative reporting and in 1998 for public service.
  • Sarah Cohen (M.A. 1992), an adjunct professor of journalism, earned a Pulitzer in 2002 for investigative reporting for a series in The Washington Post examining deaths of children in Washington, D.C.
  • Faculty member James MacGregor Burns won his 1971 Pulitzer for History of the United States for his book Roosevelt: The Soldier of Freendom.
  • Jan Shaffer, who launched J-Lab: The Institute for Interactive Journalism within the Philip Merrill College of Journalism in 2002, won the 1978 Pulitzer Prize Gold Medal for Public Service for her work on a series of stories about a man wrongly convicted of five murders in Philadelphia.
  • Deborah Nelson, who joined the Journalism faculty in 2006, won a Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting in 1997 for her report on abuses in HUD's Indian housing program, in collaboration with Alex Tizon and Eric Nalder at The Seattle Times.
  • Leonard Pitts, Jr., a visiting professor in Journalism, won the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for commentary.
  • Eugene (Gene) Roberts, long-time Journalism faculty member, won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in History with Atlanta Journal Constitution Managing Editor Hank Klibanoff for their book, The Race Beat: The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle, and the Awakening of a Nation.
  • Adam Goldman, a 1995 graduate, shared the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting with Matt Apuzzo, Eileen Sullivan, and Chris Hawley. The team won for its series of articles that uncovered how the New York Police Department was spying on the daily life in Muslim communities. Their work resulted in congressional calls for a federal investigation and a debate over the proper role of domestic intelligence gathering.
  • Dana Priest, who holds the Knight Chair in Public Affairs Journalism in the Merrill College, has won two Pulitzers, one in 2006 for beat reporting, the other in 2008 for public service as part of a team at The Washington Post recognized for exposing the mistreatment of wounded verterans at Walter Reed Hospital.
  • Christopher Weaver, who received a Master's in Journalism in 2008, was a member of a team from The Wall Street Journal that received a Pulitzer in 2015 for their investigative series entitled "Medicare Unmasked."
  • Sarah Kaufman, who was an English major at UMD, won a Pulitzer for criticism in 2010 for her "refreshingly imaginative approach to dance criticism" at The Washington Post.
  • Manning Marable, who received his doctorate in history from UMD in 1976 and is a member of the UMD Alumni Hall of Fame, won a Pulitzer for history in 2012 for his book Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention.
  • Mary Lou Werner (Forbes), who attended the university briefly as a math major before being forced to drop out due to financial constraints, won a 1959 Pulitzer for lcoal reporting-edition time for her year-long coverae of the integration crisis in Virginia in the Washington, DC, Evening Star.