Winner of the 2012 Pulitzer for Criticism Morris becomes first African American film critic to attain the honor
WASHINGTON, DC (April 16, 2012)--The National Association of Black Journalists applauds Wesley Morris of The Boston Globe, winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Criticism and the first African American film critic to attain the honor.
Morris was recognized by the category's jury for a body of work that displays his range as a critic. Specifically, he was cited "for his smart, inventive film criticism, distinguished by pinpoint prose and an easy traverse between the art house and the big-screen box office," according to a statement on Pulitzer.org.
The Philadelphia native and Yale University graduate also has written for the San Francisco Examiner and San Francisco Chronicle. His writing appears in Film Comment, Slate, Ebony and Grantland, and he is a regular NPR contributor.
Morris is only the second film critic to win the Pulitzer for Criticism and the first in a generation. Famed journalist and film critic Roger Ebert earned the honor in 1975 – the year Morris was born.
An advocacy group established in 1975 in Washington, D.C., NABJ is the largest organization of journalists of color in the nation, and provides educational, career development and support to black journalists worldwide.