Alumni Hall of Fame
Gene Weingarten '68

Gene Weingarten is an journalist and humor columnist at The Washington Post. He is the only person to win the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing twice. As a feature writer, he is the author of the nationally syndicated column, “Below the Beltway” where he comments on politics and current events. His column is both serious and humorous. He also co-authors the comic strip, Barney & Clyde. He won the Pulitzer Prize for his story, “Pearls Before Breakfast”, about world-class violinist Joshua Bell who, as an experiment, played music in a subway station while people were commuting. Weingarten described the commuters as indifferent. His second Pulitzer Prize was for his article, “Fatal Distraction”, about parents who accidentally killed their children by forgetting them in cars. He highlighted parents from all walks of life to bring to light this tragedy.

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