Jay Caspian Kang '02 Named Pulitzer Finalist

By Bowdoin News

Jay Caspian Kang ’02, a staff writer for The New Yorker, was named a finalist for the 2024 Pulitzer Prize in the commentary category “for original columns that force us to reexamine popular narratives and reframe such critical topics as affirmative action, racial politics, and the portrayal of gun violence,” reads the Pulitzer Prize description of his nominated work.

Jay Caspian Kang. Image: The Pulitzer Prizes

Jay Caspian Kang '02
Image: The Pulitzer Prizes

The winners of journalism’s top honor were announced Monday, May 6, at Columbia University. View the list of 2024 Pulitzer Prize winners.

As finalist, Kang earns an honorary mention along with Brian Lyman of the Alabama Reflector. The category’s winner was Vladimir Kara-Murza, a Washington Post contributor, “for passionate columns written under great personal risk from his prison cell, warning of the consequences of dissent in Vladimir Putin’s Russia and insisting on a democratic future for his country,” reads the description.

In addition to his work for The New Yorker, Kang is also an Emmy-nominated documentary film director and the author of “The Loneliest Americans.” A history major at Bowdoin, he was previously an opinion writer for The New York Times. Kang’s work has appeared in The New York Review of Books, “This American Life,” and The New York Times Magazine. His film, American Son, premiered in 2023, as part of ESPN’s “30 for 30” series.