2011 Lifetime

Lifetime Acheivement Award Honoree
Steven Pearlstein

Economics Columnist
The Washington Post


Steven Robert Pearlstein is an associate editor and prize-winning business and economics columnist for the Washington Post. He joined the Post in 1988 as deputy business editor, and since then has been defense industry reporter, foreign correspondent and economics reporter. His wide-ranging column deals with business, finance, economics and economic policy and issues of local, national and international interest. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 2008 for a series of columns the previous year that anticipated the financial crisis and economic downturn, the first economics columnist to win a Pulitzer in that category. In 2006, he was awarded the Gerald Loeb award for commentary, and he has twice been cited by the Society of American Business Editors and Writers in their annual "best in business" award for  his commentaries.

Before coming to the Post, Pearlstein was a senior editor at Inc. magazine and the founding editor and publisher of the Boston Observer, a monthly political magazine in Boston. From 1978 to 1981, he was a writer and on-air reporter for the nightly news program of Boston's public television station, WGBH-TV. His journalism career started as a reporter for two small newspapers in New Hampshire, Foster's Daily Democrat and the Concord Monitor.During the mid 1970s, Pearlstein briefly left journalism for politics, serving as administrative assistant to U.S. Senator John Durkin of New Hampshire and Congressman Michael Harrington of Massachusetts, both Democrats. He was himself twice elected as town moderator of West Newbury, Mass.

Pearlstein is a frequent commentator on radio and television and appeared on Meet the Press, ABC's This Week, Charlie Rose, the New Hour on PBS, Real Time with Bill Maher, BBC World News and numerous shows on MSNBC and CNBC. He has delivered lectures at Stanford, George Washington, the University of Arizona and his alma mater, Trinity College in Hartford and served a visiting fellow in journalism at the Hoover Institution.

Pearlstein was born in 1951 and grew up in Brookline, Mass. He now lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife Wendy Gray. He has two grown children, Laura and Eli. He is a director of the Washington Tennis and Educational Foundation.

Gerald Loeb Awards