Pulitzer Peaches: Cynthia Tucker Shares Insight On The Art Of Editorial Writing
2016 is the centennial year of the Pulitzer Prize. The honor has been awarded to dozens of people from or living in Georgia. And so we've asked past winners to spend some time with us this year in a series we call Pulitzer Peaches.
Pulitzer Prize winner Cynthia Tucker has been plugged in to the intersection of politics and American society for decades, heading up the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's editorial page from 1992 to 2009. She won the Pulitzer Prize in Commentary in 2007, after being nominated in both 2004 and 2006, and was named Journalist of the Year by the National Association of Black Journalists in 2006. Tucker currently writes a syndicated weekly column called "As I See It.” We talk with her about how political commentary and newspapers have changed, and about the current state of political journalism.
"It should be based on facts, but my job is to have an opinion," Cynthia Tucker tells Celeste Headlee. "Often readers who disagree with me say, 'That's just your opinion,' to which I always say, 'Right. You caught me.'"
On November 9 -- the day after Election Day -- she will give a lecture in Atlanta called "Diversity, Demographics, and the Age of Donald Trump." It's part of the "Faith and Politics in the 21st Century" speaker series at the Emory University Candler School of Theology.