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Leonard  Pitts

Leonard Pitts

Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist


A former writer for Casey Kasem's radio program "Top 40," Leonard Pitts, Jr. was a pop music critic at the Miami Herald where he began writing about race and current affairs in his own column. Today, his Miami Herald newspaper column on current affairs, human rights and human wrongs, is syndicated in more than 250 daily newspapers. Pitts was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 1992 and winner in 2004. He won the top prize for commentary at the Scripps Howard Foundation’s National Journalism Awards in 2002. Read More >

He is also the author of the bestseller, Becoming Dad: Black Men and the Journey to Fatherhood, a poignant account of the nature and meaning of black fatherhood in the contemporary United States. In addition to this, his other novels include: FreemanBefore I ForgetForward From This Moment and Grant Park, a collection of columns, which was voted Seattle Times critics Best Books of 2015.

He has also won awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, the National Association of Black Journalists, the American Association of Sunday and Feature Editors and the Simon Wiesenthal Center, among others. He is a five-time winner of the National Headliners Award. In 2001, he received the American Society of Newspaper Editors prestigious ASNE Award for Commentary Writing and was named Columnist of the Year by Editor and Publisher magazine. In 2002, the National Society of Newspaper Columnists awarded Pitts its inaugural Columnist of the Year award. Also in 2002, GLAAD Media awarded Pitts the Outstanding Newspaper Columnist award. In 2016, Pitts was named to the Hall of Fame by the National Society of Newspaper Columnists, which gave him the Ernie Pyle Lifetime Achievement Award. Read Less ^

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