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Not sure which is correct:

I interviewed Bob, a writer for Time Magazine, the winner of two Pulitzer Prizes, and the author of three books.

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I interviewed Bob, a writer for Time Magazine, a winner of two Pulitzer Prizes, and an author of three books.

Multiple people have both won two Pulitzers and written three books, so I think a nonrestrictive indefinite article is correct, but “the” sounds right to my ears.

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    'The' is not available before writer (it could be if one were identifying a particular man named say 'Hamilton Forbes': 'I interviewed Hamilton Forbes, the [one who is a] writer for Time Magazine ...'). I'd certainly choose 'the' for the next two determiner phrases; identification is now sufficient to justify the definite article, and this more strongly connotes prestige. Commented Sep 16, 2021 at 12:02

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I propose dropping the prepositions altogether. "I interviewed Bob, writer for Time Magazine, winner of two Pulitzer Prizes, and author of three books."

If you don't like the first comma acting as a supercomma, change it to semicolon: "I interviewed Bob; writer for Time Magazine, winner of two Pulitzer Prizes, and author of three books."

Semicolons seem to be going out of fashion.

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    "A" and "the" are not prepositions but articles, a subtype of determinative. A colon would be better than a semi-colon after "Bob".
    – BillJ
    Commented Sep 16, 2021 at 6:21
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    This doesn't answer the OP's question.
    – Pound Hash
    Commented Sep 17, 2021 at 20:37

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