Bret Stephens 370.
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Bret Stephens, a former editor-in-chief of The Jerusalem Post, has won the 2013
Pulitzer Prize for commentary for The Wall Street Journal, the prize committee
Stephens, who edited the Post from 2002 to 2004, was
awarded the prestigious prize for a selection of his weekly “Global View” column
on US foreign policy and domestic politics. In addition to writing his column
for the Journal, Stephens is the deputy editorial page editor for the
international editions and is a member of the editorial board.
committee praised Stephens for his “incisive columns on American foreign policy
and domestic politics, often enlivened by a contrarian twist.”
defeated finalists from The Boston Globe
and New Jersey Star Ledger
to win the
“I was totally shocked,” Stephens told the Post
office at the Journal
. “I might as well have been hit by the same asteroid that
nearly missed Russia. I feel very lucky to have won it. There are a lot of
first-class commentators out there. It could have gone to any of the finalists.
Humility doesn’t come easily to me, but this certainly achieves that
Stephens, 39, said it was especially an honor for him to have
won the prize before he turned 40. He was 28 when he became The Jerusalem Post
editor, a post he credited with honing his skills that led to the
“I mastered the craft of writing a column at The Jerusalem
,” Stephens said. “Post
readers’ feedback, their praise, and even their
criticism made me the writer that I am today. I will continue to write a great
deal about Israel and the urgent threats to its security and rebut the libels on
its good name. That is a legacy of those critical years I spent in
When asked what he would do the money, he said it would go
toward the education of his children to help ensure their future success.