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The Pulitzer Prize is an award for
achievements in newspaper and online journalism, literature and musical
composition. It was established by Hungarian-American publisher Joseph Pulitzer
and is administered by Columbia University in New York City.
Prizes are awarded yearly in twenty-one categories. Each winner receives a
certificate and a US$10,000 cash award. The winner in the public service
category of the journalism competition is awarded a gold medal, which always
goes to a newspaper, although an individual may be named in the citation.
The Pulitzer Prize does not automatically evaluate all applicable works in the
media, but only those that have been entered with a $50 entry fee
The prize was established by Joseph Pulitzer, journalist and newspaper
publisher, who founded the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and bought the New York
World. Pulitzer left money to Columbia University upon his death in 1911. The
first Pulitzer Prizes were awarded June 4, 1917; they are now announced each
April. Recipients are chosen by an independent board.
Journalism: , Public Service , Breaking News Reporting , Investigative
Reporting , Explanatory Reporting , Local Reporting
National Reporting , International Reporting , Feature Writing , Commentary ,
Criticism , Editorial Writing , Editorial Cartooning , Breaking News Photography
, Feature Photography , Biography or Autobiography , Fiction , Drama , History ,
Poetry , General Non-Fiction , Music
Only published reports and photographs by United
States-based newspapers or daily news organizations are eligible for the
Pulitzer prizes are decided by the Pulitzer board.
List of Indian origin
winners of Pulitzer Prize
Four eminent and enterprising personalities of
Indian origin have won the prestigious Pulitzer Prize. Here is a quick look at
Gobind Behari Lal: He came to study at the University of California in
Berkeley in 1912 on the Guru Govind Singh Sahib Scholarship. He later became the
science editor of the San Francisco Examiner. He won the Pulitzer Prize for
journalism in 1937.
Jhumpa Lahiri: The 1967-born Indian American author won the Pulitzer
Prize for fiction for her book “Interpreters of Maladies” in 2000. Her first
novel “The Namesake” was adapted into a movie by Mira Nair. Lahiri, who is of
Bengali descent, is currently a member of the President’s Committee on the Arts
and Humanities appointed by US President Barack Obama.
Geeta Anand: A journalist and writer of Indian origin, Anand writes for
the Wall Street Journal and was earlier a political writer for the Boston Globe.
She was awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 2003 for her work on Pompe Disease, a
muscular condition, which was made into a movie, “Extraordinary Measures”, and
later a book, “The Cure”.
Siddhartha Mukherjee: An M.D., Ph.D., Mukherjee is a cancer physician and
researcher. He is an assistant professor of medicine at Columbia University and
a cancer physician at the CU/NYU Presbyterian Hospital. A Rhodes scholar, he
graduated from Stanford University, University of Oxford, and from Harvard
Medical School, and was a Fellow at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and an
attending physician at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical
School. He has published articles in Nature, New England Journal of Medicine,
Neuron, the Journal of Clinical Investigation, the New York Times and the New
Republic. He won the Pulitzer Prize for general non-fiction in 2011 for his
book, “The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer”.
( Courtesy: Pravasi Today )