Pulitzer Prize winner Cynthia Tucker is a progressive thinker, a veteran journalist and current professor and writer-in-residence at the University of Georgia. Frequently seen and heard on political think tank forums such as NPR's Talk of the Nation and Tell Me More, ABC’s This Week and MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews, she is respected as a voice on politics, socioeconomic, racial and women's issues in America. Tucker's weekly column "As I See It," is syndicated by Andrews McMeel Syndication in more than 70 newspapers and digital outlets around the country and won the Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 2007. The Pulitzer panel described applauded her "for her courageous, clear-headed columns that evince a strong sense of morality and persuasive knowledge of the community."
For 17 years, Tucker was editorial page editor of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, responsible for guiding the development of the Journal-Constitution's opinion policies on everything from foreign policy issues to local school board races. Tucker also has considerable reporting experience, having covered local governments, national politics, crime and education along with filing dispatches from Africa, Central America and Cuba.
A child of the South during the Civil Rights era, she graduated from Auburn University in 1976 and was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University in the 1988-89 academic year.
In 2000, Tucker won the American Society of Newspaper Editors' Distinguished Writing Award. In 2005, she was awarded the prestigious Elijah Parish Lovejoy Award by Colby College. In 2006, the National Association of Black Journalists selected her at its Journalist of the Year. She was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2004 and again in 2006, before winning it in 2007.