’s John Archibald wins Pulitzer Prize in commentary


John Archibald, an editorial writer at the, was named today a Pulitzer Prize winner for commentary Monday afternoon at Columbia University during the announcements for journalism and arts winners for 2018.

Archibald was awarded the prize “for lyrical and courageous commentary that is rooted in Alabama but has a national resonance in scrutinizing corrupt politicians, championing the rights of women and calling out hypocrisy,” said the Pulitzer Prize website.

Archibald’s commentaries encompassed everything from from the scandal and resignation of former Gov. Robert Bentley to the contentious special election between former Ala. Chief Justice Roy Moore and former U.S. Attorney Doug Jones.

Archibald is a columnist for the Alabama Media Group, with his work appearing in the Birmingham News, the Huntsville Times, Mobile’s Press-Register, and its probing social brand, Reckon. Before he began his column in 2004, he worked on the News’ investigative team and has covered everything from crime and punishment to Birmingham City Hall.

He grew up in North Alabama and graduated from the University of Alabama in 1986. He is married with three grown children.