Leonard Pitts Jr., a Pulitzer Prize-winning Miami Herald columnist whose work appears in The News Tribune, has another prestigious award to add to his résumé: the William Allen White Foundation’s National Citation.
Here’s what the Herald had to say:
The annual award, named after influential Kansas editor and publisher William Allen White, honors outstanding journalistic service. Pitts will receive the award Friday at the University of Kansas.
“Leonard Pitts speaks in the tradition of William Allen White as a voice for his community and his country,” said Ann Brill, dean of the university’s William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications. “Both were honored with Pulitzer Prizes in recognition of their words and the impact their editorials have had.”
Pitts joined the Miami Herald in 1991 as a pop music critic. Since 1994, he has written a column on race, politics and culture. In 2004 he won a Pulitzer Prize, the highest award in journalism, for commentary. In 2001 he received the American Society of Newspaper Editors ASNE Award for commentary writing and was named Feature of the Year Columnist by Editor and Publisher magazine. In 2002, the National Society of Newspaper Columnists awarded him its inaugural Columnist of the Year award.
Pitts is the author is “Becoming Dad: Black Men and the Journey to Fatherhood” and his first novel, “Before I Forgot,” was recently nominated for an NAACP Image Award.
In announcing the award, the William Allen White Foundation cited Pitts’ “rich and uncommonly resonant voice.” The foundation has given the award since 1950.