The Wall Street Journal won two Pulitzer Prizes,
journalism's highest honor, for stories exposing the widespread practice
of backdating stock-option awards and for international reporting on the
strains produced by China's fast-growing economy.
The prizes, for 14 journalism categories and seven arts
categories, were announced yesterday in New York by Columbia University,
which administers the Pulitzer competition.
The public-service award recognized a series of
detailed investigations by reporters Charles Forelle, 27 years old;
James Bandler, 40; Mark Maremont, 48; and Steve Stecklow, 53, that
probed the practice of backdating at corporations from UnitedHealth
Group Inc. to Apple Inc. The stories fueled federal investigations of
more than 140 companies. At least 70 top executives have lost their jobs
and 10 former executives are facing federal or state criminal charges in
the backdating scandal.
The Pulitzer board recognized the Journal for "...its
creative and comprehensive probe into backdated stock options for
business executives that triggered investigations, the ouster of top
officials and widespread change in corporate America."
The Journal's prize for international reporting
recognized staff members for "sharply edged reports on the adverse
impact of China's booming capitalism on conditions ranging from
inequality to pollution." The series of stories -- by reporters James T.
Areddy, 43; Andrew Browne, 48; Jason Dean, 33; Gordon Fairclough, 40;
Mei Fong, 35; Shai Oster, 34; and Jane Spencer, 30 -- exposed the strain
China's rapid development puts on its people and environment.
Said L. Gordon Crovitz, executive vice president of Dow
Jones and publisher of the Journal, "It's fitting that the Journal
should be recognized for breaking the biggest business story of the
year, using proprietary algorithms to uncover suspicious timing of stock
options, and for putting in full context the enormous growth of China's
The Journal was the only paper this year to win
This year marked the first time the Pulitzer board
included a full array of online material in its judging for most of its
journalism categories. The committee noted the digital components as
creating rich, compelling coverage for a number of the award winners.
Also this year, a local reporting category for journalism replaced the
beat reporting category.
The national reporting award went to Charlie Savage of
the Boston Globe for reports about President Bush using "signing
statements" to bypass provisions of new laws. Andrea Elliott of the New
York Times won the award in feature writing for a story about an
immigrant imam in America. Both newspapers are owned by the New York
Kenneth R. Weiss, Usha Lee McFarling and Rick Loomis of
Tribune Co.'s Los Angeles Times won the explanatory reporting
award for a series about the world's distressed ocean ecology. Walt
Handelsman of Tribune's Newsday in Long Island won the editorial cartoon
The local reporting award went to Debbie Cenziper of
McClatchy Co.'s Miami Herald for reports about corruption at a Miami
above photograph by Oded Balilty of the Associated Press was
awarded the Pulitzer Prize for breaking news photography.
The staff of the Oregonian in Portland, Ore., won the
breaking news award for coverage of a family missing in the Oregon
mountains. The Pulitzer committee noted the "skillful and tenacious
coverage" in both print and online. Brett Blackledge of the Birmingham
(Ala.) News won the investigative reporting award for exposing "cronyism
and corruption" in the state's two-year college system.
In the arts category, the Pulitzer for fiction went to
"The Road" by Cormac McCarthy, published by Alfred A. Knopf. David
Lindsay-Abaire's "Rabbit Hole" won for drama.
The awards bring to 33 the number of Pulitzer Prizes
won by The Journal. The awards carry a prize of $10,000, except the
public-service award, for which the winning newspaper receives a gold
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The 2007 Pulitzer Prize Winners
Public Service: The Wall Street Journal
Breaking News Reporting: Staff of the Oregonian, Portland, Ore.
Investigative Reporting: Brett Blackledge of the Birmingham
Explanatory Reporting: Kenneth R. Weiss, Usha Lee McFarling and
Rick Loomis of the Los Angeles Times
Local Reporting: Debbie Cenziper of the Miami Herald
National Reporting: Charlie Savage of the Boston Globe
International Reporting: The Wall Street Journal Staff
Feature Writing: Andrea Elliott of the New York Times
Commentary: Cynthia Tucker of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Criticism: Jonathan Gold of LA Weekly
Editorial Writing: Editorial Board of the New York Daily News
Editorial Cartooning: Walt Handelsman of Newsday, Long Island,
Breaking News Photography: Oded Balilty of the Associated Press
Feature Photography: Renee C. Byer of the Sacramento Bee
LETTERS AND DRAMA
Fiction: "The Road" by Cormac McCarthy (Alfred
Drama: "Rabbit Hole" by David Lindsay-Abaire
History: "The Race Beat: The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle,
and the Awakening of a Nation" by Gene Roberts and Hank Klibanoff
(Alfred A. Knopf)
Biography: "The Most Famous Man in America: The Biography of
Henry Ward Beecher" by Debby Applegate (Doubleday)
Poetry: "Native Guard" by Natasha Trethewey (Houghton Mifflin)
General Nonfiction: "The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road
to 9/11" by Lawrence Wright (Alfred A.Knopf)
"Sound Grammar" by Ornette Coleman, recording released
September 12, 2006.
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Special Citation -- John Coltrane
Special Citation -- Ray Bradbury