The best Pulitzer Prize leads of 2022


The short news lead is dead.

That might be overstated, but I thought I would begin my annual evaluation of Pulitzer Prize leads by writing the shortest lead I could think of — just for effect.

In a day of reading Pulitzer leads, I could not find a short one worthy of attention and appreciation.

But I found a bunch of long leads. Some of the best were long, others were really long, and a couple were incredibly long. One lead was so long that it might not qualify as a lead at all, but as a “lead zone,” the first chapter of a novella.

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