With the impending announcement of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize winners, Kristen Hare of the Poynter Institute provides some clarity on the pronunciation of the name Pulitzer, using Emily Rauh Pulitzer's remarks at the Pulitzer Center's 10th anniversary celebration:
So while the name started as pull-it-sir, most English speakers pronounce it as they would other pu words. But what's the right way to say it?
Let's check in with a Pulitzer.
"...My husband said that his father told people to say 'Pull it sir,'" Emily Rauh Pulitzer told Poynter in an email. Pulitzer is wife of the late Joseph Pulitzer Jr.
She's also the board chair of The Pulitzer Center On Crisis Reporting and recently gave the center a $12 million endowment challenge grant. At The Pulitzer Center's 10th anniversary celebration, Pulitzer spoke about the endowment and the tradition of high-quality journalism. Here, listen as she pronounces her famous name.