Archive for Tuesday, April 5, 2005

Journalists, photographers, writers, muscians honored with Pulitzer Prizes

April 5, 2005


— The Los Angeles Times and The Wall Street Journal captured two Pulitzer Prizes apiece Monday, with the Times winning the public service award for exposing racial injustice at an inner-city hospital and the Journal cited for its incisive stories about the plight of cancer survivors.

Two other entries with medical themes were honored as well. Deanne Fitzmaurice of the San Francisco Chronicle won in feature photography for a photo essay on an Oakland hospital's effort to mend an Iraqi boy nearly killed by an explosion. And Boston Globe reporter Gareth Cook's story detailing the complex scientific and ethical dimensions of stem-cell research won for explanatory journalism.

The Associated Press won in breaking news photography for a series of pictures of bloody combat in Iraq. The award was the AP's 48th Pulitzer.

Unlike last year, when the Los Angeles Times won five Pulitzers, this year's awards were widely distributed. The Star-Ledger of Newark, N.J., won in breaking news for its coverage of New Jersey Gov. James E. McGreevey's resignation after he admitted having an affair with a male lover who was appointed as the state's director of homeland security.

Another story involving a politician's misdeeds -- a former governor's sexual misconduct with a 14-year-old girl while he was a mayor -- earned Nigel Jaquiss of the Willamette Week of Portland, Ore., a Pulitzer for investigative reporting.

The Wall Street Journal's Amy Dockser Marcus won in beat reporting for her "masterful" stories about patients, families and physicians that "illuminated the often unseen world of cancer survivors," the judges said. The paper's other award, for criticism, went to Joe Morgenstern for his movie reviews.

Walt Bogdanich of The New York Times won for national reporting for stories about the corporate cover-up of responsibility for deadly accidents at railroad crossings.

Two prizes were awarded for international reporting: Kim Murphy of the Los Angeles Times for her reporting from Russia and Newsday's Dele Olojede for his look at Rwanda a decade after its genocidal civil war.

In awarding the public service citation, the judges praised the Times for "its courageous, exhaustively researched series exposing deadly medical problems and racial injustice" at a public hospital in Los Angeles.

Julia Keller of the Chicago Tribune won for feature writing for her reconstruction of a deadly tornado; Connie Schultz of The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer won in the commentary category; Tom Philp of The Sacramento Bee won for editorials calling for the restoration of California's flooded Hetch Hetchy Valley in the Sierra Nevada mountains; and Nick Anderson of The Courier-Journal of Louisville, Ky., won for editorial cartooning.

In the arts, Oscar-winning writer John Patrick Shanley won the drama prize for his first Broadway play, "Doubt." The play, about a nun who suspects a parish priest of molesting a male student, debuted on Broadway just last week.

National poet laureate Ted Kooser, a retired insurance executive who took over the laureate position last year, won the poetry prize for "Delights and Shadows." And Steve Coll of The Washington Post added an arts Pulitzer to his journalism prize from 1990.

Coll was honored in general non-fiction for "Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001." He had previously won for explanatory journalism.

Each prize is worth $10,000, except for public service, which is recognized with a gold medal. The awards are given by Columbia University on the recommendation of the 18-member Pulitzer board, which considers nominations from jurors in each category.

JOURNALISMPublic Service: Los Angeles TimesBreaking News Reporting -- Staff of The Star-Ledger, Newark, N.J.Investigative Reporting -- Nigel Jaquiss of Willamette Week, Portland, Ore.Explanatory Reporting -- Gareth Cook of The Boston GlobeBeat Reporting -- Amy Dockser Marcus of The Wall Street JournalNational Reporting -- Walt Bogdanich of The New York TimesInternational Reporting -- Kim Murphy of the Los Angeles Times and Dele Olojede of Newsday, Long Island, N.Y.Feature Writing -- Julia Keller of the Chicago TribuneCommentary -- Connie Schultz of The Plain Dealer, ClevelandCriticism -- Joe Morgenstern of The Wall Street JournalEditorial Writing -- Tom Philp of The Sacramento BeeEditorial Cartooning -- Nick Anderson of The Courier-Journal, Louisville, Ky.Breaking News Photography -- Associated Press StaffFeature Photography -- Deanne Fitzmaurice of the San Francisco ChronicleLETTERS AND DRAMAFiction -- Gilead by Marilynne Robinson (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)Drama -- Doubt, a parable by John Patrick ShanleyHistory -- Washington's Crossing by David Hackett Fischer (Oxford University Press)Biography -- de Kooning: An American Master by Mark Stevens and Annalyn Swan (Alfred A. Knopf)Poetry -- Delights & Shadows by Ted Kooser (Copper Canyon Press)General Non-Fiction -- Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001 by Steve Coll (The Penguin Press)MUSICSecond Concerto for Orchestra by Steven Stucky, premiered March 12, 2004 by the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, CA. (Theodore Presser Company)

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