2003 Pulitzer Prize

Winners of the Pulitzer Prize in 2003[1] were:

Journalism awards

Award Winner Citation
Public Service The Boston Globe " ... for its courageous, comprehensive coverage of sexual abuse by priests, an effort that pierced secrecy, stirred local, national and international reaction and produced changes in the Roman Catholic Church.."
Breaking News Reporting The staff of The Eagle-Tribune (Lawrence, Massachusetts) " ... for its detailed, well-crafted stories on the accidental drowning of four boys in the Merrimack River."
Investigative Reporting Clifford J. Levy of The New York Times " ... for his vivid, brilliantly written series "Broken Homes" that exposed the abuse of mentally ill adults in state-regulated homes."
Explanatory Reporting The staff of The Wall Street Journal " ... for its clear, concise and comprehensive stories that illuminated the roots, significance and impact of corporate scandals in America." (moved by the jury from the Public Service category)
Beat Reporting Diana K. Sugg of The Baltimore Sun " ... for her absorbing, often poignant stories that illuminated complex medical issues through the lives of people."
National Reporting Alan Miller and Kevin Sack of the Los Angeles Times " ... for their revelatory and moving examination of the AV-8B Harrier II military aircraft, nicknamed "The Widow Maker," that was linked to the deaths of 45 pilots." (Moved by the Board from the Investigative Reporting category to the National Reporting category, where it was also entered.)
International Reporting Kevin Sullivan and Mary Jordan of The Washington Post " ... for their exposure of horrific conditions in Mexico's criminal justice system and how they affect the daily lives of people."
Feature Writing Sonia Nazario of the Los Angeles Times For "Enrique's Journey," her touching, exhaustively reported story of a Honduran boy's perilous search for his mother who had migrated to the United States.
Commentary Colbert I. King of The Washington Post For his against-the-grain columns that speak to people in power with ferocity and wisdom.
Criticism Stephen Hunter of The Washington Post For his authoritative film criticism that is both intellectually rewarding and a pleasure to read.
Editorial Writing Cornelia Grumman of the Chicago Tribune For her powerful, freshly challenging editorials on reform of the death penalty.
Editorial Cartooning David Horsey of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer For his perceptive cartoons executed with a distinctive style and sense of humor.
Breaking News Photography the Photography Staff of the Rocky Mountain News For its powerful, imaginative coverage of Colorado's raging forest fires.
Feature Photography Don Bartletti of the Los Angeles Times For his memorable portrayal of how undocumented Central American youths, often facing deadly danger, travel north to the United States.

Letters, Drama and Music Awards

Award Work Winner Organization
Fiction Middlesex Jeffrey Eugenides Farrar
Drama Anna in the Tropics Nilo Cruz TCG
History An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa, 1942–1943 Rick Atkinson Henry Holt and Company
Biography or Autobiography Master of the Senate Robert A. Caro Alfred A. Knopf
Poetry Moy Sand and Gravel Paul Muldoon Farrar
General Non-Fiction Osama American in Bondage Osama Taiym Browne Parker Literary Press
Music On the Transmigration of Souls John Coolidge Adams Boosey & Hawkes;
premiered by the New York Philharmonic on September 19, 2002, at Avery Fisher Hall.


  1. ^ http://www.pulitzer.org/awards/2003

External links

Adam Haslett

Adam Haslett (born December 24, 1970) is an American fiction writer. He currently lives in New York City, New York. His first book, a collection of short stories entitled You Are Not a Stranger Here, was released in 2002 and was a finalist for the 2002 National Book Award and the 2003 Pulitzer Prize. It was also named one of the five best books of the year by Time. His book Imagine Me Gone was on the 2016 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction.

An Army at Dawn

An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa, 1942–1943 is a Pulitzer Prize–winning book written in 2002 by long-time Washington Post correspondent Rick Atkinson. The book is a history of the North African Campaign, particularly focused on the role of the United States military. The book follows the early planning stages of the Allied invasion (Operation Torch) of North Africa, the landings in Casablanca, Oran, and Algiers, and finally the back and forth struggle for dominance in Tunisia. Atkinson constructs his narrative from letters, newspaper articles, and personal diaries of commanders, soldiers, and others on the ground in northern Africa. The book discusses the battlefield failings and successes of American troops and their commanders and the larger context of the burgeoning cooperation between the Allied forces in World War II.

The book received the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for History.

An Army at Dawn is the first volume of The Liberation Trilogy. The Day of Battle: The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943–1944, published in 2007, is the second volume. The third and final volume, The Guns at Last Light: The War in Western Europe, 1944–1945, was released on May 14, 2013.

Andrea Barrett

Andrea Barrett (born November 16, 1954) is an American novelist and short story writer. Her collection Ship Fever won the 1996 U.S. National Book Award for Fiction, and she received a MacArthur Fellowship in 2001. Her book Servants of the Map was a finalist for the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and Archangel was a finalist for the 2013 Story Prize.

Anna in the Tropics

Anna in the Tropics is a play by Nilo Cruz. It won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Geeta Anand

Geeta Anand is a journalist, professor, and author. She was a foreign correspondant for the New York Times as well as the Wall Street Journal, and a political writer for the Boston Globe.

She currently resides in Berkeley California, with her husband Greg, and two daughters, Tatyana and Aleka.

Jeffrey Eugenides

Jeffrey Kent Eugenides (born March 8, 1960) is an American novelist and short story writer. He has written numerous short stories and essays, as well as three novels: The Virgin Suicides (1993), Middlesex (2002), and The Marriage Plot (2011). The Virgin Suicides served as the basis of a feature film, while Middlesex received the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in addition to being a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the International Dublin Literary Award, and France's Prix Médicis.

Kevin Sack

Kevin Sack, an American journalist, is a senior reporter for The New York Times.Sack shared a Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting in 2001 for a New York Times series on race.While at The Los Angeles Times, he received the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting, with Alan Miller, for their revelatory and moving examination of a military aircraft, nicknamed "The Widow Maker," that was linked to the deaths of 45 pilots.He was a member of The New York Times reporting team that received the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting for coverage of the 2014 Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa. Team members named by The Times were Pam Belluck, Helene Cooper, Sheri Fink, Adam Nossiter, Norimitsu Onishi, Sack, and Ben C. Solomon.

Kevin Sullivan (journalist)

Kevin Sullivan (born November 5, 1959) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American journalist, best-selling author and senior correspondent at The Washington Post.Sullivan and his wife, a fellow journalist at The Washington Post, Mary Jordan, have written two books together, including The New York Times No. 1 Bestseller, Hope: A Memoir of Survival in Cleveland (with Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus).Sullivan was a Post foreign correspondent for 14 years, working with Jordan as the newspaper's co-bureau chiefs in Tokyo from 1995 to 1999, Mexico City from 2000 to 2005, and London from 2005 to 2009. He has also served as the Post's chief foreign correspondent, deputy foreign editor, and Sunday and Features Editor.A frequent commentator on television and radio, Sullivan is a regular guest on the BBC Television's Dateline London program. He and Jordan have also been featured authors at the Library of Congress National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.

Laurie Hays

Laurie Hays is an American journalist at Bloomberg News, where she currently serves as senior executive editor for beat reporting. Prior to joining Bloomberg, Hays worked at The Wall Street Journal for 23 years as a reporter, Moscow correspondent, and editor, and she worked on a team that won a 2003 Pulitzer Prize in Explanatory Reporting on corporate corruption scandals.

Mary Jordan (journalist)

Mary Catherine Jordan (born November 10, 1960) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American journalist, best-selling author and National Correspondent for the Washington Post.For 14 years she was a foreign correspondent and she has written from nearly 40 countries. With her husband, Post journalist Kevin Sullivan, Jordan ran the newspaper's bureaus in Tokyo, Mexico City and London. Jordan also was the founding editor and head of content for Washington Post Live, which organizes political debates, conferences and news events for the media company.

Jordan and Sullivan are the authors of the Number #1 Bestselling book, Hope: A Memoir of Survival in Cleveland, that was released in April, 2015. Hope is written with Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus, two of the women who were kidnapped and held for a decade in Cleveland, Jordan's hometown.

Jordan also interviews some of the world's most accomplished people for the popular “What it Takes” podcast created by the nonprofit Academy of Achievement. Among those she has spoken with as part of this free podcast series, include singing legend Julie Andrews, artificial intelligence innovator Demis Hassabis, and Irish novelist John Banville.

Michael Rezendes

Michael Rezendes is a Portuguese-American journalist. He is the recipient of a Pulitzer Prize for his investigative work for The Boston Globe. Since joining the Globe he has covered presidential, state and local politics, and was a weekly essayist, roving national correspondent, city hall bureau chief, and the deputy editor for national news.

For more than a decade Rezendes has also been a member of the Globe's Spotlight Team. He was a member of the group of reporters whose work in exposing the Roman Catholic church's cover-up of clergy sex abuse earned The Boston Globe the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. For his reporting and writing on the Church, he also shared the George Polk Award for National Reporting, the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting, the Selden Ring Award for Investigative Reporting, and numerous other honors.

Rezendes's reporting revealed that top Catholic officials had veiled the abuses committed by the Rev. John Geoghan, a Boston priest who molested more than 100 children in six parishes over three decades. In addition, Rezendes broke the stories about similar cover-ups by Church officials in New York City and Tucson, Arizona.Rezendes and the Spotlight Team were also Pulitzer Prize finalists for a series of stories that uncovered abuses in the debt collection industry. "Debtors Hell" won the Public Service Award from the Society of Professional Journalists and was a finalist for the Goldsmith Prize.

As a Spotlight Team member, Rezendes played a key role in many of the Globe's most significant investigations, including those probing the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, financial corruption in the nation's charitable foundations, and the plight of mentally ill state prisoners. He was also on a team of reporters that won a first-place award from the Education Writers Association for a special section on school desegregation.

In 2008 and 2009, he was the recipient of a John S. Knight journalism fellowship at Stanford University.

Before arriving at The Boston Globe, Rezendes was a staff writer at The Washington Post, and a government and politics reporter for the San Jose Mercury News and the Boston Phoenix. He was also a contributing writer at Boston magazine and the editor of the East Boston Community News. He is a co-author of Betrayal: The Crisis in the Catholic Church, and a contributing author to Sin Against the Innocents: Sexual Abuse by Priests and the Role of the Catholic Church.

Rezendes graduated from Boston University with a BA in English.

In the 2015 film Spotlight, he was portrayed by Mark Ruffalo, who was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance.

Nilo Cruz

Nilo Cruz (born 1960) is a Cuban-American playwright and pedagogue. With his award of the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his play Anna in the Tropics, he became the first Latino so honored.

Sacha Pfeiffer

Sacha Pfeiffer (born September 7, 1971) is an American Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist and radio host. In November 2018, she joined NPR as an investigations correspondent.Pfeiffer is known for her work with the Spotlight team run by The Boston Globe. She was a member of the group of reporters whose work in exposing the Roman Catholic church's cover-up of clergy sex abuse earned the newspaper the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.

Sonia Nazario

Sonia Nazario (born September 8, 1960 in Madison, Wisconsin) is an American journalist mostly known for her work at Los Angeles Times. She has written about social issues for more than two decades, most recently as a projects reporter for the Times. She holds the distinctions of winning the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing, and of being the youngest writer to be hired by the Wall Street Journal. She is currently working on her second book as well as traveling around the country speaking on the issue of unaccompanied immigrant children.

The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?

The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? is a full-length play written in 2000 by Edward Albee which opened on Broadway in 2002. It won the 2002 Tony Award for Best Play, the 2002 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play, and was a finalist for the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

The Liberation Trilogy

The Liberation Trilogy is a series of military history books about the United States' involvement in World War II, written by American author Rick Atkinson and published by Henry Holt & Co.

The first volume, An Army at Dawn, won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for History and was a New York Times best seller. The Day of Battle, the second book, was also a New York Times best seller, and the final installment, The Guns at Last Light, debuted at the top of the Hardcover Nonfiction list.

The Mercury (Pennsylvania)

The Mercury is a daily newspaper published in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, United States.

Todd Heisler

Todd Heisler (born 1972) is an American photojournalist and Pulitzer prize winner. He is a staff photographer for The New York Times. In September 2010, he won an Emmy as a member of the New York Times "One in 8 Million" team.Born in Chicago, Heisler is a 1994 graduate of Illinois State University. While at the Rocky Mountain News, Heisler was awarded the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography for "Final Salute," a series of photographs, taken over the course of a year, profiling the funerals of Marines who died in the war and the work of then Major Steve Beck, who is responsible for notifying the family members of the Marine's death. The award citation referred to Heisler's work as a "haunting, behind-the-scenes look" at the funerals. Heisler won the prize the same year as fellow Rocky Mountain News reporter Jim Sheeler, who won a 2006 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing, covered Major Beck, the Marine Honor Guard, and the families for nearly a year. Images from "Final Salute" project were published by Time, Paris Match, Stern, the Sunday Times, Communication Arts, and other publications in addition to the Rocky Mountain News.

Images from "Final Salute" also won first prize in the "People in the News" category at the World Press Photo awards, first place in newspaper feature photography for the National Headliner Awards and the American Society of Newspaper Editors Award for the "Community Service Photojournalism" category. Heisler also has won honors from Visa Pour L'Image, and first prize in the National Press Photographers Association's Best of Photojournalism award for best published picture story in a publication over 115,000 circulation, as well as both first and second place in general news reporting in a newspaper from Pictures of the Year International, the Lead Award for "Photo of the Year," and first prize for "People in the News" of the China International Press Photo Contest. Heisler also judged for the 2006 Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar.Heisler was also a member of the Rocky Mountain News team that won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of wildfire season in Colorado.

Walter V. Robinson

Walter V. Robinson (born January 13, 1946) is an American investigative reporter for The Boston Globe, where he has worked as reporter and editor for 34 years. From 2007 to 2014, he was a Distinguished Professor of Journalism at Northeastern University in Boston. Robinson currently holds the title of Editor-at-Large at the Boston Globe, as well as the Donald W. Reynolds Visiting Professor of Journalism at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University, and a Professor of Practice at Northeastern University.

Robinson led the Globe's coverage of the Roman Catholic clergy sexual abuse scandal, for which the newspaper won, and he personally accepted, the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. The last investigation Robinson led for the Spotlight Team, called "Debtors Hell", exposed the practices of debt collectors. That work was a finalist for the Local Reporting Pulitzer in 2007. The Pulitzer Board cited the staff's "well documented exposure, in print and online, of unscrupulous debt collectors, causing two firms to close and prompting action by state officials." Robinson has reported for The Boston Globe from 48 states and more than 30 countries.

Robinson graduated from Boston College High School and Northeastern University. In the 1960s, Robinson interrupted his college studies to join the Army. He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in January, 1968. After two years in Hawaii, then Captain Robinson served as an intelligence officer with the First Cavalry Division (Airmobile) in Vietnam from 1970-1971. During his Globe career, he was a local, state, and national political reporter. Robinson has covered and written extensively about the World War II-era looting of thousands of pieces of cultural artworks from German institutions. He covered four presidential elections, in 1984, 1988, 1992, and 2000. Robinson covered the White House for the Globe during the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush. In 1990 and 1991, he was the Globe's Middle East Bureau Chief, and covered the first Persian Gulf War.

Robinson was the Globe's city editor from 1992 to 1993, and assistant managing editor for local news from 1993 to 1996. He was the paper's roving national and foreign correspondent from 1997 to 1999. During his Globe career, Robinson reported from more than 30 foreign countries and 48 states. As assistant managing editor for investigations, he ran the newspaper's investigative Spotlight Team for seven years, until 2006. In 1998, he became the first recipient of the Archaeological Institute of America's Award for Outstanding Public Service.While a professor at Northeastern, Robinson started the Initiative for Investigative Reporting. Students who took his seminar in Investigative Reporting produced twenty-six investigative stories published by the Globe.Robinson has been a journalism fellow at Stanford University and has received honorary degrees from Northeastern University and Emerson College in Boston.

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