Since the first awards were presented in 1917, the Pulitzer Prize has become the foremost American prize in journalism and literature. Created by newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer, the awards continue his passion for excellence in writing and serving the public through the craft. Each prize category has its own judging criteria, but all prize winners must exhibit outstanding skill and create works that convey a forceful message.
Pulitzers are presented annually in 21 categories, primarily in journalism and literature but also include photography, cartoons, drama, and music. The prizes include a certificate and cash award, and a gold medal for the public service winner.
In 2020, IU alumnus Peter Stevenson was part of the winning team from The Washington Post, awarded a Pulitzer in the Explanatory Reporting category for a series of works on climate change. From the first IU awardee in 1929, historian Fred Albert Shannon, to journalist Ernie Pyle in 1944 and on to today, IU has a proud tradition of developing exceptional journalists and writers.