LIST: 5 Pinoys who have won Pulitzer prize


Posted at Apr 18 2018 12:58 AM | Updated as of Apr 18 2018 07:24 PM

MANILA - Reuters journalist Manuel Mogato on Tuesday joined a handful of Filipinos who have a Pulitzer prize, the most prestigious award in journalism.

Here's a quick look at four Pinoys who have won a Pulitzer Prize. 

1942 Pulitzer Prize Winner in Correspondence

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Carlos P. Romulo received the award for his "observations and forecasts of Far Eastern developments" at the height of the second World War. 

Romulo's winning piece was a "a series of articles, after a tour of the Far East, about Japanese imperialism, and predicted an attack on the United States," according to

He wrote the stories while he was an aide-de-camp to American General Douglas MacArthur. 


2004 Pulitzer Prize Winner in Breaking News Photography

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Cheryl Diaz Meyer.

Cheryl Diaz Meyer received the distinction after she and David Leeson, her colleague from The Dallas Morning News, published a series of photographs "depicting both the violence and poignancy of the war with Iraq."

In January 2018, Meyer, born in Quezon City, achieved another feat after she brought home all the awards at the International Category of the White House News Photographers Association's "Eyes of History" Still Contest.

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Meyer, who now works as a freelancer, was conferred with first, second, and third place as well as 2 awards of excellence for a set of photos depicting the plight of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.


2008 Pulitzer Prize Winner in Breaking News Reporting

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Jose Antonio Vargas. Reuters file photo

Jose Antonio Vargas was part of the Washington Post team that covered the 2008 Virginia Tech shooting. 

He has championed immigration rights in the U.S. after he admitted in 2011 that he came to the U.S. when he was 12 years old in 1993 using a fake passport.

Vargas' book about undocumented immigrants, entitled "Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen," is set for release in September 2018.


1997 Pulitzer Prize Winner in Investigative Reporting

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Alex Tizon was part of the Seattle Times team (with Eric Nalder and Deborah) which investigated "widespread corruption and inequities in the federally-sponsored housing program for Native Americans, which inspired much-needed reforms," according to

His article, "My Family's Slave," published in The Atlantic after Alex passed away last year, went viral in May 2017. His article describes the life of Eudocia Tomas Pulido, a distant relative who came to live with the author’s family in the U.S to work as a household helper without pay for decades.

2018 Pulitzer Prize Winner in International Reporting

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Manuel Mogato won the international reporting Pulitzer with Reuters colleagues Clare Baldwin and Andrew R.C. Marshall for their "relentless" reporting on deaths allegedly linked to President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs. said the work by Reuters "exposed the brutal killing campaign behind Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs." 

Mogato, Reuters' political and general news correspondent in Manila for almost 15 years, has also been the subject of online hacking and threats for his reports. 

Mogato has been at the front row of the country's most turbulent events, including the end of Ferdinand Marcos' dictatorship, the ouster of former President Joseph Estrada in 2001, and the onslaught of Super Typhoon Yolanda in 2013.