Leonard Pitts Jr. is a Miami Herald columnist.
In 2001 Pitts was awarded the American Society of Newspaper Editors' top award for his commentary. In 2000 he was honored by The Society of Professional Journalists with its Fellow of the Society award, one of the highest honors the Ohio-based organization gives professional journalists. In 1993 he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Criticism.
As reported in Joan Fleischman's column of Sept 23, 2001:
"On Sept. 11, Herald columnist Leonard Pitts Jr. intended to write about Andrea Yates, the Houston woman who drowned her five kids. But as ``hot tears'' stung his eyes, he knocked out 700 words on the New York-D.C. devastation - from the pit of his stomach. That column hit a nerve. Readers deluged him with more than 26,000 e-mails, and posted it on the Internet, chain-letter style."
Here is that column and others on the topic of September 11.