1998 Pulitzer Prize

A listing of the Pulitzer Prize award winners for 1998:


Public Service Grand Forks Herald (N.D.) " ... for its sustained and informative coverage, vividly illustrated with photographs, that helped hold its community together in the wake of flooding, a blizzard and a fire that devastated much of the city, including the newspaper plant itself..."
Beat Reporting Linda Greenhouse of The New York Times " ... for her consistently illuminating coverage of the United States Supreme Court..."
Spot News Photography Martha Rial of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette " ... for her life-affirming portraits of survivors of the conflicts in Rwanda and Burundi."
Breaking News Reporting Staff of the Los Angeles Times " ... for its comprehensive coverage of a botched bank robbery and subsequent police shoot-out in North Hollywood, Los Angeles."
Commentary Mike McAlary of the New York Daily News " ... for reporting on the brutalization of a Haitian immigrant by police officers at a Brooklyn stationhouse."
Criticism Michiko Kakutani of The New York Times " ... for her passionate, intelligent writing on books and contemporary literature."
Editorial Cartooning Stephen P. Breen of Asbury Park Press (Neptune City, New Jersey)
Editorial Writing Bernard L. Stein of The Riverdale Press, a New York City weekly journal " ... for his gracefully-written editorials on politics and other issues affecting New York City residents."
Explanatory Reporting Paul Salopek of the Chicago Tribune " ... for his enlightening profile of the Human Genome Diversity Project, which seeks to chart the genetic relationship among all people."
Feature Photography Clarence Williams of the Los Angeles Times " ... for his powerful images documenting the plight of young children with parents addicted to alcohol and drugs."
Feature Writing Thomas French of the St. Petersburg Times " ... for his detailed and compassionate narrative portrait of a mother and two daughters slain on a Florida vacation, and the three-year investigation into their murders and eventual capture of Oba Chandler."
International Reporting Staff of The New York Times " ... for its revealing series that profiled the corrosive effects of drug corruption in Mexico.
Investigative Reporting Gary Cohn and Will Englund of The Baltimore Sun " ... for their compelling series on the international shipbreaking industry, that revealed the dangers posed to workers and the environment when discarded ships are dismantled."
National Reporting Russell Carollo and Jeff Nesmith of Dayton Daily News " ... for their reporting that disclosed dangerous flaws and mismanagement in the military health care system and prompted reforms."


Premiered on January 19, 1990, at Merkin Concert Hall, New York City, by The Lark Quartet.

Special Awards and Citations

  • Special Citation
    • George Gershwin - Awarded posthumously to George Gershwin, commemorating the centennial year of his birth, for his distinguished and enduring contributions to American music.

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Abner Louima

Abner Louima (born 1966 in Thomassin, Haiti) is a Haitian man who was assaulted, brutalized, and forcibly sodomized with a broken-off broom handle by officers of the New York City Police Department (NYPD) after he was arrested outside a Brooklyn nightclub in 1997.

Amy Freed

Amy Freed (born 1958) is an American playwright. Her play

Freedomland was a finalist for the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Bernard L. Stein

Bernard “Buddy” L. Stein is an American journalist best known for winning the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing for writing on “politics and other issues affecting New York City residents.” He spent his career as the co-publisher and editor of The Riverdale Press, a weekly newspaper serving the Northwest Bronx.

Stein and his brother Richard Stein were awarded the Eugene S. Pulliam First Amendment Award by the Society of Professional Journalists for courage in continuing to publish following the 1989 firebombing of The Riverdale Press office in retaliation for an editorial defending the novelist Salman Rushdie.He won the Lisa and Richard Witten Award for Excellence in Teaching during his last year at Hunter College in 2014.

Edward J. Larson

Edward John Larson (born September 21, 1953 in Mansfield, Ohio) is an American historian and legal scholar. He is university professor of history and holds the Hugh & Hazel Darling Chair in Law at Pepperdine University. He was formerly Herman E. Talmadge Chair of Law and Richard B. Russell Professor of American History at the University of Georgia. He continues to serve as a senior fellow of the University of Georgia's Institute of Higher Education, and is currently a professor at Pepperdine School of Law, where he teaches several classes including Property for the 1Ls.

Gary Cohn (journalist)

Gary Cohn (born in Brooklyn) is a Pulitzer Prize–winning investigative reporter and adjunct professor at the University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. With Will Englund, he won the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting.

He has been a Pulitzer finalist on two other occasions and has won numerous additional journalism awards, including the 1997 George Polk Award, an Investigative Reporting & Editors (IRE) gold medal, two Selden Ring awards for investigative journalism, and two Overseas Press Club awards.

How I Learned to Drive

How I Learned to Drive is a play written by the American playwright Paula Vogel. The play premiered on March 16, 1997, Off-Broadway at the Vineyard Theatre. Vogel received the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for the work. It was written and developed at the Perseverance Theatre in Juneau, Alaska, with Molly Smith as artistic director.

The story follows the strained, sexual relationship between Li'l Bit and her aunt's husband, Uncle Peck, from her pre-adolescence through her teenage years into college and beyond. Using the metaphor of driving and the issues of pedophilia, incest, and misogyny, the play explores the ideas of control and manipulation.

Jeff Nesmith

Jeff Nesmith is an American journalist. In 1998 while at the Dayton Daily News, he won the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting with Russell Carollo for uncovering mismanagement in military healthcare.

Lindbergh (book)

Lindbergh is a 1998 Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of Charles Lindbergh by A. Scott Berg. The book became a New York Times Best Seller and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for biography.

Martha Rial

Martha Rial (born 1961) is an independent photographer based in Pittsburgh, PA. She is the winner of 1998 Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Photography her photographs of Rwandan and Burundian refugees.

Paula Vogel

Paula Vogel (born November 16, 1951) is an American playwright who received the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for her play How I Learned to Drive. A longtime teacher, Vogel spent the bulk of her academic career – from 1984 to 2008 – at Brown University, where she served as Adele Kellenberg Seaver Professor in Creative Writing, oversaw its playwriting program, and helped found the Brown/Trinity Rep Consortium. From 2008 to 2012, Vogel was Eugene O'Neill Professor of Playwriting and department chair at the Yale School of Drama, as well as playwright in residence at the Yale Repertory Theatre.

Perseverance Theatre

Perseverance Theatre is a professional theater company located on Douglas Island in Juneau, Alaska. It is Alaska's only professional theater and is particularly dedicated to developing and working with Alaskan artists and to producing plays celebrating Alaskan culture, history, and themes.

Perseverance Theatre was founded in 1979 by Molly Smith. She developed it as an important not-for-profit regional theater that collaborated with leading theater artists. It has premiered more than 50 new plays by Alaskan and national playwrights. Paula Vogel’s 1998 Pulitzer Prize-winning play How I Learned To Drive was written and developed while Vogel was an artist-in-residence with the company.

Smith served as artistic director from the theater's founding until 1998, when she left to become artistic director of the Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. She was succeeded by Peter DuBois, who served until the fall of 2003. He was appointed Associate Producer, then the Resident Director, at the Public Theater in New York City. In July 2008, DuBois became Artistic Director of Boston's Huntington Theatre.

In 2004, PJ Paparelli became Artistic Director of Perseverance Theatre. He left in November 2007, to lead the American Theatre Company in Chicago. The current Executive Artistic Director is Art Rotch, a Perseverance alumnus who earned an M.F.A. in set design at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. In 2018 Art Rotch was joined by Managing Director Joshua Midget.In addition to a full season of plays produced from September to May on its 161-seat Mainstage, Perseverance Theatre also produces a Second Stage season in its on-site rehearsal space, commonly referred to as "The Phoenix." It features smaller-scale productions, and, often, the work of developing actors, designers, and directors. Readings, as well as productions generated by the theatre's educational programs, are also regularly produced in the Phoenix. In 2014 Perseverance Theatre began performing its full season in Anchorage and created a summer series in downtown Juneau called Summerfest.In 2001, Perseverance Theatre signed an agreement with the University of Alaska Southeast to assume responsibility for all theater education activities at the University, offering theater minors to its students. In December 2002, the theatre was one of just seven American companies to receive a $500,000 endowment challenge grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation in New York through its Leading National Theatres Program. The company successfully completed the challenge in 2005. The theatre also recently raised $1.1 million for a facility renovation and expansion project.

Personal History

Personal History is the autobiography of Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham. It was published in 1997 and won the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography, receiving widespread critical acclaim for its candour in dealing with her husband's mental illness and the challenges she faced in a male-dominated working environment.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, also known simply as the PG, is the largest newspaper serving metropolitan Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States. It has won six Pulitzer Prizes since 1938.

Rogers Smith

Rogers Smith (born September 20, 1953) is an American political scientist and author noted for his research and writing on American constitutional and political development and political thought, with a focus on issues of citizenship and racial, gender, and class inequalities.

Born in Spartanburg, South Carolina and raised in Springfield, Illinois, Smith graduated with a B.A. in political science from James Madison College, Michigan State University in 1974, including study abroad at the University of Kent in England. He attended graduate school at Harvard University, completing his M.A. in 1978 and his PhD degree in government in 1980. Smith taught at Yale University from 1980 to 2001, when he moved to the University of Pennsylvania, where he is the Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Political Science.

Smith's writings have received numerous awards. Civic Ideals (1997) was a finalist for the 1998 Pulitzer Prize in history, and won several awards from the American Political Science Association (APSA), the Organization of American Historians, and the Social Science History Association.

Smith chaired the Penn Program on Democracy, Citizenship, and Constitutionalism, now the Andrea Mitchell Center for the Study of Democracy, from 2006 to 2017 and he was Associate Dean for the Social Sciences in the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania from 2014 to 2018. He was president of the Politics and History section of American Political Science Association (APSA) for 2001–2002 and served on the APSA Council in 2005 and 2006. He was co-president of the Migration and Citizenship section of APSA from 2013 to 2015. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2004; a Fellow of the American Academy of Political and Social Science in 2011; and a member of the American Philosophical Society in 2016. Smith became President-Elect of the American Political Science Association in 2017-2018.

Russell Carollo

Russell John Carollo (March 16, 1955 – December 19, 2018) was an American journalist who worked as an investigative reporter for, among numerous publications, the Dayton Daily News, the Los Angeles Times, and The Sacramento Bee. He won the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting at the Dayton Daily News for uncovering mismanagement in military healthcare. During his 30-year career, Carollo reported from at least seventeen countries.

The Hours (film)

The Hours is a 2002 drama film directed by Stephen Daldry and starring Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, and Julianne Moore. Supporting roles are played by Ed Harris, John C. Reilly, Stephen Dillane, Jeff Daniels, Miranda Richardson, Allison Janney, Toni Collette, Claire Danes, and Eileen Atkins. The screenplay by David Hare is based on Michael Cunningham's 1998 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same title.

The plot focuses on three women of different generations whose lives are interconnected by the novel Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf. These are Clarissa Vaughan (Streep), a New Yorker preparing an award party for her AIDS-stricken long-time friend and poet, Richard (Harris) in 2001; Laura Brown (Moore), a pregnant 1950s California housewife with a young boy and an unhappy marriage; and Virginia Woolf (Kidman) herself in 1920s England, who is struggling with depression and mental illness while trying to write her novel.

The film was released in Los Angeles and New York City on Christmas Day 2002, and was given a limited release in the United States and Canada two days later on December 27, 2002. It did not receive a wide release in North America until January 2003, and was then released in British cinemas on Valentine's Day that year. Critical reaction to the film was largely positive, with nine Academy Award nominations for The Hours including Best Picture, and a win for Nicole Kidman for Best Actress.

Three Days of Rain

Three Days of Rain is a play by Richard Greenberg that was commissioned and produced by South Coast Repertory in 1997. The title comes from a line from W. S. Merwin's poem, "For the Anniversary of My Death" (1967). The play has often been called Stoppardian but Greenberg says he wasn't aware of Stoppard's work before he wrote the play but instead claims 1967 BBC series The Forsyte Saga was a much greater influence. Three Days of Rain was nominated for the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Underworld (DeLillo novel)

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Underworld continues to receive general acclaim from literary critics. In 2006, a survey of eminent authors and critics conducted by The New York Times found Underworld the runner-up for the best work of American fiction of the past 25 years; it garnered 11 of 125 votes, finishing behind only Toni Morrison's Beloved by 4 votes.

Will Englund

William A. (Will) Englund (born March 30, 1953) is an assistant foreign editor for The Washington Post. He began working for the Post in October 2010 as a Moscow correspondent.

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