It isn’t often that one of our own becomes the subject of an editorial, but it’s appropriate to recognize Philadelphia Media Network foreign affairs columnist Trudy Rubin for being named a finalist for this year’s Pulitzer Prize for Commentary.
Loyal readers of Rubin’s twice-weekly Worldview column know her work in 2016 deserved an award. She crossed the Tigris from Iraq to Syria in a motorboat to meet Kurdish fighters battling ISIS. She wrote from Molenbeek, Belgium, just before the terrorist attack on Brussels' airport. She was in London for the Brexit vote, traveled to Berlin and Dresden to write on the immigration crisis; and ended the year in Beijing and Taipei, where she wrote on China’s reaction to President Trump.
Peggy Noonan of the Wall Street Journal won this year’s Pulitzer for commentary. Rubin was also a finalist in the category in 2001, and earlier this year was cited for her work by the Overseas Press Club of America. Her other accolades include the Edward Weintal Award for International Reporting and the Arthur Ross Award for commentary from the American Academy of Diplomacy.
Trudy is also the author of Willful Blindness: The Bush Administration and Iraq. Her insight, informed sources, and willingness to go wherever the news takes her makes her columns required reading for foreign policy insiders and ordinary readers. The Pulitzer Board was right to recognize her work.