American journalism award
Pulitzer Prize for Commentary is an award administered by the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism "for distinguished commentary, using any available journalistic tool". It is one of the fourteen American  Pulitzer Prizes that are annually awarded for Journalism. It has been presented since 1970. Finalists have been announced from 1980, ordinarily with two others beside the winner.
Winners and citations
Pulitzer has been awarded to one person annually without exception—45 prizes in 44 years 1970–2014. No person has won it twice.
New York Times and the Washington Post/ Washington Post Writers Group are the media outlets associated with the most winners of the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary, with nine recipients each.
1970: Marquis W. Childs, , "distinguished commentary during 1969." St. Louis Post-Dispatch
1971: William A. Caldwell, ( The Record Hackensack, New Jersey), "for his commentary in his daily column."
1972: Mike Royko, , "for his columns during 1971." Chicago Daily News
1973: David S. Broder, , "for his columns during 1972." Washington Post
1974: Edwin A. Roberts Jr., , "for his commentary on public affairs during 1973." National Observer
1975: Mary McGrory, , "for her commentary on public affairs during 1974." Washington Star
1976: Walter Wellesley (Red) Smith, , "for his commentary on sports in 1975 and for many other years." New York Times
1977: George F. Will, , for distinguished commentary on a variety of topics." Washington Post Writers Group
1978: William Safire, New York Times, "for commentary on the Bert Lance affair.
1979: Russell Baker, New York Times
1980: Ellen H. Goodman, Boston Globe
1981: Dave Anderson, , "for his commentary on sports." New York Times
1982: Art Buchwald, Los Angeles Times Syndicate
1983: Claude Sitton, Raleigh (N. C.) News & Observer
1984: Vermont C. Royster, , Wall Street Journal
1985: Murray Kempton, , Newsday Long Island, N.Y., "for witty and insightful reflection on public issues in 1984 and throughout a distinguished career."
1986: Jimmy Breslin, , "for columns which consistently champion ordinary citizens." New York Daily News
1987: Charles Krauthammer, , "for his witty and insightful columns on national issues." Washington Post Writers Group
1988: Dave Barry, , "for his consistently effective use of humor as a device for presenting fresh insights into serious concerns." Miami Herald
1989: Clarence Page, , "for his provocative columns on local and national affairs." Chicago Tribune
1990: Jim Murray, , "for his sports columns." Los Angeles Times
1991: Jim Hoagland, , "for searching and prescient columns on events leading up to the Washington Post Gulf War and on the political problems of Mikhail Gorbachev."
1992: Anna Quindlen, , "for her compelling columns on a wide range of personal and political topics." New York Times
1993: Liz Balmaseda, , "for her commentary from Haiti about deteriorating political and social conditions and her columns about Cuban-Americans in Miami." Miami Herald
1994: William Raspberry, , "for his compelling commentaries on a variety of social and political topics." Washington Post
1995: Jim Dwyer, , Newsday Long Island, N.Y., for his compelling and compassionate columns about New York City.
1996: E. R. Shipp, , for her penetrating columns on race, welfare and other social issues. New York Daily News
1997: Eileen McNamara, , "for her many-sided columns on Boston Globe Massachusetts people and issues."
1998: Mike McAlary, , "for reporting on the New York Daily News brutalization of a Haitian immigrant by police officers at a Brooklyn stationhouse."
1999: Maureen Dowd, , "for her fresh and insightful columns on the impact of New York Times President Clinton's affair with Monica Lewinsky."
2000: Paul A. Gigot, , "for his informative and insightful columns on politics and government." Wall Street Journal
2001: Dorothy Rabinowitz, , "for her articles on American society and culture." Wall Street Journal
2002: Thomas Friedman, , "for his clarity of vision, based on extensive reporting, in commenting on the worldwide impact of the New York Times terrorist threat."
2003: Colbert I. King, , "for his against-the-grain columns that speak to people in power with ferocity and wisdom." Washington Post
2004: Leonard Pitts, , "for his fresh, vibrant columns that spoke, with both passion and compassion, to ordinary people on often divisive issues." Miami Herald
2005: Connie Schultz, , Cleveland, "for her pungent columns that provided a voice for the underdog and underprivileged." Plain Dealer
2006: Nicholas D. Kristof, , "for his graphic, deeply reported columns that, at personal risk, focused attention on New York Times genocide in Darfur and that gave voice to the voiceless in other parts of the world."
2007: Cynthia Tucker, , "for her courageous, clear-headed columns that evince a strong sense of morality and persuasive knowledge of the community." Atlanta Journal-Constitution
2008: Steven Pearlstein, , "for his insightful columns that explore the nation's complex economic ills with masterful clarity." Washington Post
2009: Eugene Robinson, , "for his eloquent columns on the Washington Post 2008 presidential campaign that focus on the election of the first African-American president, showcasing graceful writing and grasp of the larger historic picture."
2010: Kathleen Parker, , "for her perceptive, often witty columns on an array of political and moral issues." Washington Post
2011: David Leonhardt, , "for his graceful penetration of America’s complicated economic questions, from the federal budget deficit to health care reform." New York Times
2012: Mary Schmich, , "for her wide range of down-to-earth columns that reflect the character and capture the culture of her famed city." Chicago Tribune
2013: Bret Stephens, , "for his incisive columns on American foreign policy and domestic politics, often enlivened by a contrarian twist." Wall Street Journal
2014: Stephen Henderson, , "for his columns on the financial crisis facing his hometown, written with passion and a stirring sense of place, sparing no one in their critique." Detroit Free Press
2015: Lisa Falkenberg, , "for vividly-written, groundbreaking columns about Houston Chronicle grand jury abuses that led to a wrongful conviction and other egregious problems in the legal and immigration systems." 
2016: Farah Stockman, , "for extensively reported columns that probe the legacy of busing in Boston Globe Boston and its effect on education in the city with a clear eye on ongoing racial contradictions." 
2017: Peggy Noonan, "for rising to the moment with beautifully rendered columns that connected readers to the shared virtues of Americans during one of the nation’s most divisive political campaigns." Wall Street Journal 
2018: John Archibald, "for lyrical and courageous commentary that is rooted in Alabama Media Group Alabama but has a national resonance in scrutinizing corrupt politicians, championing the rights of women and calling out hypocrisy."
2019: Tony Messenger, "for bold columns that exposed the malfeasance and injustice of forcing poor rural Missourians charged with misdemeanor crimes to pay unaffordable fines or be sent to jail." St. Louis Post Dispatch 
2020: Nikole Hannah-Jones, , "for a sweeping, deeply reported and personal essay for the ground-breaking The New York Times 1619 Project, which seeks to place the enslavement of Africans at the center of America’s story, prompting public conversation about the nation’s founding and evolution." 
2021: Michael Paul Williams, , "for penetrating and historically insightful columns that guided Richmond Times-Dispatch Richmond, a former capital of the Confederacy, through the painful and complicated process of dismantling the city's monuments to white supremacy."  2022: Melinda Henneberger of , "For persuasive columns demanding justice for alleged victims of a retired police detective accused of being a sexual predator." The Kansas City Star