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Leonard Pitts

Born: Oct 11, 1957

Birthplace: California

Profession: Writer

Nationality: United States

Leonard Pitts

Date of Birth : Oct 11, 1957
Birth Place : California

Leonard Garvey Pitts, Jr. is an American commentator, journalist and novelist. He is a nationally-syndicated columnist and winner of the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary. He was originally hired by the Miami Herald to critique music, but within a few years he received his own column in which he dealt extensively with race, politics, and culture. Raised in Los Angeles and educated at the University of Southern California, Pitts currently lives in Bowie, Maryland. He has won awards for his writing from the Society of Professional Journalists, the American Society of Newspaper Editors, and tghe National Association of Black Journalists, and he was first nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in 1993, eventually claiming the honor in 2004. Pitts is a bestselling author. His first book, Becoming Dad: Black Men and the Journey to Fatherhood, was published in 2006. His first novel, Before I Forget, was released in March 2009, and earned a starred review from Publishers Weekly. The novel centers on a faded soul singer whose early-onset Alzheimer's disease compels him to reconnect with his father and son.


  • Writer
  • Journalist
  • Novelist
  • Commentator

Also known as

  • Leonard Pitts, Jr.
  • Leonard Pitts Jr.

Awards Won

  • Pulitzer Prize for Commentary
  • GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Newspaper Columnist
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