The Pulitzers still value opinion writing — and so do readers


In the excitement of Pulitzer day, Commentary and Editorial Writing command a bit less attention than high-profile reporting categories. But as this year’s winners illustrate, the Pulitzer board still likes opinion pieces and prefers them fiery hot.

The Editorial Writing award went to Lisa Falkenberg and others on her team at the Houston Chronicle for writing on voter suppression and bogus voter fraud charges in Texas. Senator Ted Cruz, Gov. Greg Abbott and Attorney General Ken Paxton all came under heavy fire.

In the Commentary category, perennial finalist Melinda Henneberger of The Kansas City Star was honored for a relentless series of columns seeking prosecution of a retired police detective accused of rape and being a serial sexual predator. “A down-market Jeffrey Epstein,” Henneberger said in a conversation.

The entries share the distinction that they were heavy on deep reporting, a frequent preference of the Pulitzer board in any category.

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