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The Washington Post’s Philip Kennicott Wins The Pulitzer Prize for Criticism

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Awarded for Powerful Art & Social Criticism

The Post Named Finalist in Four Categories

The Washington Post’s art and architecture critic, Philip Kennicott, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for criticism, it was announced today by the Pulitzer Prize Board. The coveted prize was awarded to Kennicott for his interpretation of art and the sweeping forces that underlie it. The Post was also a finalist in four other categories: national affairs, public service, feature writing and editorial writing.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning criticism from Kennicott included his confrontation of the nature of corporate America in an exhibit on Kevin Roche, the strange and dark allure of violence and misfortune in a powerful, post-Newtown essay “Why do we stare?” and the ethics of our age-old, perverse delight in others’ woes, amplified by social media.

This is Kennicott’s first Pulitzer Prize. He was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for editorials opposing a concealed carry gun initiative in Missouri in 2000. Kennicott is the Art and Architecture Critic of The Washington Post and has been on staff at the Post since 1999, first as Chief Classical Music Critic, then as Culture Critic.

The Washington Post’s Pulitzer Prize finalists include Craig Whitlock, Karen DeYoung, Greg Miller and Julie Tate for “The Permanent War,” an examination of the U.S. counterterrorism policies and the use of armed drones; Spencer Hsu for extensive reporting on the Department of Justice’s failure to disclose forensic flaws; Eli Saslow for “Life of a Salesman,” an exploration of the recession’s impact on an American family; and Jackson Diehl for his editorials about the conflict in Syria and analysis of U.S. national interests. For the complete set of work:

In total, The Washington Post has won 58 Pulitzer Prizes since 1936.


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