1997 Pulitzer Prize

A listing of the Pulitzer Prize award winners for 1997:

Journalism awards

Public Service The Times-Picayune (New Orleans) " ... for its comprehensive series analyzing the conditions that threaten the world's supply of fish."
Beat Reporting Byron Acohido of The Seattle Times " ... for his coverage of the aerospace industry, notably an exhaustive investigation of rudder control problems on the Boeing 737, which contributed to new FAA requirements for major improvements."
Spot News Photography Annie Wells of The Press Democrat (Santa Rosa, California) " ... for her dramatic photograph of a local firefighter rescuing a teenager from raging floodwaters."
Breaking News Reporting Staff of Newsday " ... for its enterprising coverage of the crash of TWA Flight 800 and its aftermath."
Commentary Eileen McNamara of The Boston Globe " ... for her many-sided columns on Massachusetts people and issues."
Criticism Tim Page of The Washington Post " ... for his lucid and illuminating music criticism."
Editorial Cartooning Walt Handelsman of The Times-Picayune, New Orleans.
Editorial Writing Michael Gartner of the Ames Tribune (Ames, Iowa) " ... for his common sense editorials about issues deeply affecting the lives of people in his community."
Explanatory Journalism Michael Vitez, reporter, and April Saul and Ron Cortes, photographers of The Philadelphia Inquirer " ... for a series on the choices that confronted critically ill patients who sought to die with dignity."
Feature Photography Alexander Zemlianichenko of the Associated Press " ... for his photograph of Russian President Boris Yeltsin dancing at a rock concert during his campaign for re-election." (Moved by the Board from the Spot News Photography category)
Feature Writing Lisa Pollak of The Baltimore Sun " ... for her compelling portrait of a baseball umpire who endured the death of a son while knowing that another son suffers from the same deadly genetic disease."
International Reporting John F. Burns of The New York Times " ... for his courageous and insightful coverage of the harrowing regime imposed on Afghanistan by the Taliban."
Investigative Reporting Eric Nalder, Deborah Nelson and Alex Tizon of The Seattle Times " ... for their investigation of widespread corruption and inequities in the federally-sponsored housing program for Native Americans, which inspired much-needed reforms."
National Reporting Staff of The Wall Street Journal " ... for its coverage of the struggle against AIDS in all of its aspects, the human, the scientific and the business, in light of promising treatments for the disease."

Letters, Drama and Music Awards

External links

Alex Tizon

Tomas Alexander Asuncion Tizon (October 30, 1959 – March 23, 2017) was a Filipino-American author and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist. His book Big Little Man, a memoir and cultural history, explores themes related to race, masculinity, and personal identity. Tizon taught at the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication. His final story, titled "My Family's Slave", was published as the cover story of the June 2017 issue of The Atlantic after his death, sparking significant debate.

Ames Tribune

The Ames Tribune is a newspaper published Tuesday through Sunday based in Ames, Iowa. The newspaper is owned by GateHouse Media Iowa Holdings.

In 1986, the Tribune was bought by Michael Gartner and Gary Gerlach, two former executives at The Des Moines Register. Gartner won the 1997 Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing at the Tribune. The Omaha World-Herald Company bought the Ames Tribune in 1999 from Gartner, Gerlach, and the estate of Devid Belin. Stephens Media purchased the Tribune from the Omaha World-Herald Company in 2010. In 2015, the Stephens Media newspapers were sold to New Media Investment Group.

Angela's Ashes

Angela's Ashes: A Memoir is a 1996 memoir by the Irish-American author Frank McCourt, with various anecdotes and stories of his childhood. It details his very early childhood in Brooklyn, New York, but focuses primarily on his life in Limerick, Ireland. It also includes his struggles with poverty and his father's alcoholism.

The book was published in 1996 and won the 1997 Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography. A sequel, 'Tis, was published in 1999, followed by Teacher Man in 2005.

April Saul

April Saul is an American journalist. She specializes in documentary photojournalism.

Saul has photographed and written for The Philadelphia Inquirer since 1981. In 1997, Saul, along with Inquirer reporter Michael Vitez and photographer Ron Cortes, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Explanatory Journalism for a series of articles on end-of-life care, telling the stories of terminally-ill patients who wished to die with dignity.

Ashes to Ashes (book)

Ashes to Ashes: America's Hundred-Year Cigarette War, the Public Health, and the Unabashed Triumph of Philip Morris, written by Richard Kluger and published by Alfred A. Knopf in 1996, won the 1997 Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction.

Eric Nalder

Eric Nalder is an American investigative journalist based in Seattle, Washington. He has won two Pulitzer Prizes.

Nalder graduated from the University of Washington, with a B.A. in 1968.

He writes for the website SeattlePI.com, and is senior enterprise reporter for Hearst Newspapers.Nalder and three colleagues with The Seattle Times shared the National Reporting Pulitzer in 1990 for their "coverage of the Exxon Valdez oil spill and its aftermath". At the same time he was personally an Explanatory Journalism Pulitzer finalist for "a revealing series about oil-tanker safety and the failure of industry and government to adequately oversee the shipping of oil."Nalder and two Seattle Times colleagues won the Investigative Reporting Pulitzer in 1997 for "their investigation of widespread corruption and inequities in the federally sponsored housing program for Native Americans, which inspired much-needed reforms."

Michael Slackman

Michael Slackman is an American journalist for The New York Times. He is the paper's International Editor. He reported being fired upon at Bahrain's Pearl Roundabout, February 18, 2011.

Michael Vitez

Michael Vitez (born April 11, 1957) is an American journalist and author.

Vitez has written for The Philadelphia Inquirer since 1985 and is known for his human-interest stories. In 1997, Vitez, along with Inquirer photographers April Saul and Ron Cortes, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Explanatory Journalism for a series of articles he wrote on end-of-life care, telling the stories of terminally ill patients who wished to die with dignity.

Paul Vitello

Paul Vitello is an American journalist who has been writing for a variety of publications since 1972. He wrote an award-winning news column for Newsday from 1982 to 2005. He currently writes for the religion and obituary sections of The New York Times and is a lecturer at Stony Brook University's School of Journalism.

Pride's Crossing

Pride's Crossing is a play by Tina Howe. It received the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best American Play and was a finalist for the 1997 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.The play focuses on 90-year-old Mabel Tidings Bigelow, who as a young woman was the first female to swim the English Channel from England to France. In her introduction to the play, Howe wrote, "For some time now I've wanted to write about the passion of old ladies."

Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Reporting

The Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Reporting is a Pulitzer Prize awarded for a distinguished example of breaking news, local reporting on news of the moment. It has been awarded since 1953 under several names:

From 1953 to 1963: Pulitzer Prize for Local Reporting, Edition Time

From 1964 to 1984: Pulitzer Prize for Local General or Spot News Reporting

From 1985 to 1990: Pulitzer Prize for General News Reporting

From 1991 to 1997: Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Reporting

From 1998 to present: Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News ReportingPrior to 1953, a Pulitzer Prize for Local Reporting combined both breaking and investigative reporting under one category. The Pulitzer Committee issues an official citation explaining the reasons for the award.

Hitherto confined to local coverage, the Breaking News Reporting category was expanded to encompass state and national reporting in 2017.

Richard Kluger

Richard Kluger (born 1934) is an American author who has won a Pulitzer Prize. He focuses his writing chiefly on society, politics and history. He has been a journalist and book publisher.

Samuel G. Freedman

Samuel G. Freedman is an American author and journalist and currently a professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He has authored six nonfiction books, including Who She Was: A Son's Search for His Mother's Life, a book about his mother's life as a teenager and young woman, and Letters to a Young Journalist. Freedman has also won the National Jewish Book Award in 2000 in the Non-Fiction category for Jew vs. Jew: The Struggle for the Soul of American Jewry, and his book The Inheritance: How Three Families Moved from Roosevelt to Reagan and Beyond was a finalist for the 1997 Pulitzer Prize. Additionally, he currently writes The New York Times column "On Religion" and formerly wrote The Jerusalem Post column "In the Diaspora." His latest book, Breaking the Line: The Season in Black College Football That Transformed the Sport and Changed the Course of Civil Rights, was published in New York, in August 2013 by Simon & Schuster.

Steven Millhauser

Steven Millhauser (born August 3, 1943) is an American novelist and short story writer. He won the 1997 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for his novel Martin Dressler.

The Press Democrat

The Press Democrat, with the largest circulation in the California North Bay (San Francisco Bay Area), is a daily newspaper published in Santa Rosa, California.

The paper received the 2004 George Polk Award for Regional Reporting given annually by Long Island University to honor contributions to journalistic integrity and investigative reporting.

Annie Wells of the Press Democrat won the 1997 Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Photography "for her dramatic photograph of a local firefighter rescuing a teenager from raging floodwaters." The Press Democrat staff also won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Reporting for "[f]or lucid and tenacious coverage of historic wildfires that ravaged the city of Santa Rosa and Sonoma County."

Tina Howe

Tina Howe (born November 21, 1937) is an American playwright. In a career that spans more than four decades, Howe's best-known works include Museum, The Art of Dining, Painting Churches, Coastal Disturbances and Pride's Crossing.

Her plays have won numerous awards, including the 1998 New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play for Pride's Crossing, which was also a finalist for the 1997 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Coastal Disturbances was nominated for the 1987 Tony Award for Best Play.

Unlocking the Air and Other Stories

Unlocking the Air and Other Stories is a 1996 collection of short stories by Ursula K. Le Guin. Like Searoad and Orsinian Tales, most of the included stories are neither science fiction nor fantasy. It was a finalist for the 1997 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

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