2007 Pulitzer Prize

The Pulitzer Prizes for 2007 were announced on April 16, 2007.[1]

In November 2006, the Pulitzer Prize Board announced two changes that would apply for the 2007 awards:

  • "online elements will be permitted in all journalism categories except for the competition's two photography categories, which will continue to restrict entries to still images."[2]
  • a "category called Local Reporting will replace Beat Reporting as one of the 14 prizes in journalism"; the board explained that "while the local category replaces the Beat Reporting category that was created in 1991, the work of beat reporters remains eligible for entry in a wide range of categories that include—depending on the specialty involved—national, investigative, and explanatory reporting, as well as the new local category."[2]


Gen pulitzer
The gold medal awarded for Public Service in Journalism.

Letters, Drama and Music Awards

Fiction The Road by Cormac McCarthy (Alfred A. Knopf)
Drama Rabbit Hole by David Lindsay-Abaire (TCG)
History The Race Beat by Gene Roberts and Hank Klibanoff (Alfred A. Knopf)
Biography The Most Famous Man in America by Debby Applegate (Doubleday)
Poetry Native Guard by Natasha Trethewey (Houghton Mifflin)
General Nonfiction The Looming Tower by Lawrence Wright (Alfred A. Knopf)
Music Sound Grammar by Ornette Coleman

Special Citations

  • Ray Bradbury received a special citation "for his distinguished, prolific and deeply influential career as an unmatched author of science fiction and fantasy."
  • John Coltrane received a posthumous special citation "for his masterful improvisation, supreme musicianship and iconic centrality to the history of jazz."


  1. ^ The Pulitzer Prize Winners for 2007, from that organization's website
  2. ^ a b Pulitzer Board Widens Range of Online Journalism in Entries, from the Pulitzer Prize website

External links

Andrea Elliott

Andrea Elliott is an American journalist and a staff writer for The New York Times. She received the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing for a series of articles on an Egyptian-born imam living in Brooklyn.

Arthur H. Cash

Arthur Hill Cash (February 4, 1922 – December 29, 2016) was an American scholar of 18th-century English literature.Cash is best known as the author of the definitive two-volume biography of Laurence Sterne, published between 1975 and 1986. He also wrote a popular biography of the 18th-century politician John Wilkes, who was influential in developing ideas concerning civil liberties in England and the United States. The book, titled John Wilkes: The Scandalous Father of Civil Liberty, was one of three finalists for the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for biography.

Cash taught university literature courses for forty-five years, including popular classes in the Bible and Greek and Roman literature. He retired from the State University of New York at New Paltz as one of a handful of faculty with the title of Distinguished Professor. Before that he taught at the University of Colorado, the University of New Mexico, and Colorado State University.

Cash was born in Gary, Indiana, and lived in or near Chicago for many years. Starting work as a stage actor, at the beginning of American involvement in the Second World War, he joined the 108th General Hospital unit. After the war, he enrolled at the University of Chicago on the G.I. Bill, and completed his graduate education at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and Columbia University.

He married Dorothy Moore Cash (later Romni Cash) and they had two children before their divorce. Their eldest son was killed in El Salvador in 1992. He married novelist Mary Gordon and they had two children together, now adults.

Astral Canticle

Astral Canticle is a double concerto for violin, flute, and orchestra by the American composer Augusta Read Thomas. The work was Thomas's sixth and final commission by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra before she concluded her nine-year tenure there as composer-in-residence. It was first performed in Chicago on June 1, 2006, by the flutist Mathieu Dufour, the violinist Robert Chen, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under the conductor Daniel Barenboim. The piece is dedicated to Barenboim and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. The composition was a finalist for the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Music.

Brett Blackledge

Brett J. Blackledge (born 1963) is Regional Investigations Editor for USA Today Network in Florida. He previously worked as Investigations Editor at The Naples Daily News in Naples, Fla. Before joining the Naples paper in October 2014, Blackledge was Public Service and Investigations Editor at The News Journal in Wilmington, Del. He worked as a reporter for 26 years before joining the Delaware newspaper, including working as a reporter for The Associated Press in Washington D.C.. While working for The Birmingham News, he won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting for a series on alleged nepotism and cronyism in Alabama's two-year college system.Blackledge was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and is a 1986 alumnus of Louisiana State University. He began his career that year with the Associated Press, and later worked for The Journal Newspapers in suburban Washington, D.C., Education Daily and The Mobile Register. He went to work for The Birmingham News in 1998.While with the News, Blackledge contributed to Alabama AP Managing Editors Association Award-winning stories on the 2003 conviction of Bobby Frank Cherry for the 1963 16th Street Baptist Church bombing.Blackledge's multi-part investigative series on the two-year colleges delved deeply into financial records kept by the system, exposing a number of elected lawmakers on the system's payroll without clear duties. The system's chancellor was fired, federal and state investigations opened, and new safeguards for public accountability promised in the wake of the exposé. The series earned Blackledge a 2006 Alabama Associated Press Association Award. The newspaper entered the multi-part special report for the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, and it was named a finalist in that category before the committee awarded it the prize for investigative reporting instead.

Charles Forelle

Charles Forelle is an American journalist who covers business for The Wall Street Journal.He graduated from Phillips Academy, and from Yale University in 2002, and he was managing editor of the Yale Daily News.

He interned at The New York Observer and The Miami Herald.

He is married and lived in Boston, and worked in Brussels. He now works in London for the Journal, where he covers financial markets, working alongside David Enrich.

The work of Forelle and four other WSJ staff members earned The Wall Street Journal the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. The award described the series as a "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 lead articles in the series submitted for the prize were published March 18, 2006; Forelle wrote one ("How the Journal Analyzed Stock-Option Grants"); he and James Bandler wrote the other ("The Perfect Payday").

Debbie Cenziper

Debbie Cenziper is an American investigative journalist who writes for The Washington Post.

Previously, she worked as a reporter for The Miami Herald, The Charlotte Observer, and the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. She won a 2007 Pulitzer Prize for a series of articles exposing corruption and waste in the Miami-Dade Housing Agency, which The Miami Herald published in 2006. She was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2006 for a series of stories on breakdowns in the nation's hurricane-forecasting system. She has also been awarded the Polk Award, the Robert Kennedy Award for Human Rights and the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting from Harvard University. She currently teaches at the George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs.

She is the co-author of the nonfiction book, "Love Wins: The Lovers and Lawyers Who Fought the Landmark Case for Marriage Equality". The book, published in 2016 by William Morrow, received a starred review by Booklist and was named a notable book of 2016 by The Washington Post.

She grew up in Philadelphia and graduated from the University of Florida, in 1992. She was named an outstanding young alumni by the University of Florida in 2008. She currently resides in Maryland with her husband and two sons.

Enjoy Jazz

Enjoy Jazz is a jazz festival in the Heidelberg, Mannheim and Ludwigshafen region in Germany held each year in October and November. Founded in 1999 by Rainer Kern it stages about 60 concerts and draws an audience of 20,000. It features major international stars as well as local heros and is not restricted to jazz but explicitly includes all kinds of innovative music. Ornette Coleman's live recording from the 2005 festival "Sound Grammar" received the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for music.

Fiasco (book)

Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq (2006) is a book by Washington Post Pentagon correspondent Thomas E. Ricks. Fiasco deals with the history of the Iraq War from the planning phase to combat operations to 2006 and argues that the war was badly planned and executed. Ricks based the book in part on interviews with military personnel involved in the planning and execution of the war. In 2009, Ricks published a sequel The Gamble: General David Petraeus and the American Military Adventure in Iraq, 2006-2008. Fiasco was a finalist for the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction.

Hank Klibanoff

Hank Klibanoff (born March 26, 1949 in Florence, Alabama) is an American journalist, now a professor at Emory University. He and Gene Roberts won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for History for the book The Race Beat: The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle, and the Awakening of a Nation.

Jane Spencer (journalist)

Jane Spencer is an American journalist, and Deputy Editor of Guardian US, where she oversees editorial strategy and newsroom innovation. Previously, she was Editor-in-chief of Fusion Media Group, a millennial-focused cable and digital network owned by Univision. She was one of the founding editors of 'The Daily Beast,' where she worked as Executive Editor until 2012.Before launching The Daily Beast in 2008, Spencer was a foreign correspondent for The Wall Street Journal based in Hong Kong, where she reported on environmental issues and technology. She was part of a team of seven WSJ reporters that won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting. for a series of stories on China's "Naked Capitalism", which explored the health and environmental consequences of the nation's economic boom.Spencer was the founding writer of The Wall Street Journal "Weekend Adviser" column in 2004. She covered the September 11 attacks for Newsweek in 2001.

She was awarded a 2013 Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University, where she focused on innovation in digital storytelling and new media business models. She has taught multimedia storytelling at the University of California, Berkeley Knight Digital Media Center.

Spencer graduated from Brown University, and is a native of Portland, Maine.

Kenneth R. Weiss

Kenneth R. Weiss (born May 28, 1957) was an investigative journalist for the Los Angeles Times.Weiss was born in Covina, California, and he graduated from University of California, Berkeley in 1981 with a B.A. in Folklore. There he was editor-in-chief for the college newspaper, The Daily Californian, during his senior year.Weiss, reporter Usha Lee McFarling, and photographer Rick Loomis of the L.A. Times shared the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting in 2007, citing "their richly portrayed reports on the world's distressed oceans, telling the story in print and online, and stirring reaction among readers and officials."

Natasha Trethewey

Natasha Trethewey (born April 26, 1966) is an American poet who was appointed United States Poet Laureate in 2012 and again in 2014. She won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for her 2006 collection Native Guard, and she is a former Poet Laureate of Mississippi.She is the Board of Trustees Professor of English at Northwestern University and Robert W. Woodruff Professor of English and Creative Writing at Emory University, where she has taught since 2001.Trethewey was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets in 2019, at which time Academy Chancellor David St. John said Trethewey “is one of our formal masters, a poet of exquisite delicacy and poise who is always unveiling the racial and historical inequities of our country and the ongoing personal expense of these injustices. Rarely has any poetic intersection of cultural and personal experience felt more inevitable, more painful, or profound.”

Ornette Coleman

Randolph Denard Ornette Coleman (March 9 or 19, 1930 – June 11, 2015) was an American jazz saxophonist, violinist, trumpeter, and composer. In the 1960s, he was one of the founders of free jazz, a term he invented for his album Free Jazz: A Collective Improvisation. His "Broadway Blues" and "Lonely Woman" have become standards and are cited as important early works in free jazz. His album Sound Grammar received the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for music.

Quiara Alegría Hudes

Quiara Alegría Hudes (born 1977) is an American playwright, lyricist and essayist. She is best known for writing the book for the musical In the Heights. Her play Elliot, A Soldier's Fugue was a finalist for the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. She won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for her play Water by the Spoonful.

Rabbit Hole

Rabbit Hole is a play written by David Lindsay-Abaire. It was the recipient of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The play premiered on Broadway in 2006, and it has also been produced by regional theatres in cities such as Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. The play had its Spanish language premiere in San Juan, Puerto Rico in Autumn of 2010.

The play deals with the ways family members survive a major loss, and includes comedy as well as tragedy. Cynthia Nixon won the 2006 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play for her performance as Becca in the New York production, and the play was nominated for several other Tony awards.

Sound Grammar

Sound Grammar is a live album by jazz saxophonist and composer Ornette Coleman, recorded live in Ludwigshafen, Germany, on 14 October 2005. The album was produced by Coleman and Michaela Deiss, and released on Coleman's new Sound Grammar label. It was his first new album in almost a decade, since the end of his relationship with Verve in the 1990s. It features a mix of new and old originals (some of the latter given new titles).

Critics noted Coleman's unusual use of musical quotation: his solo on the blues "Turnaround" includes snatches of Richard Rodgers' "If I Loved You" and Stephen Foster's "Beautiful Dreamer"; even more unexpectedly, the theme of "Sleep Talking" begins with the same notes as Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring. Critical reception for the album was highly positive: it figured at or near the top of virtually every jazz magazine poll at the end of 2006, including Down Beat and Jazz Times.

In 2006, Sound Grammar received a Grammy nomination for Best Jazz Instrumental Performance. The following year, it won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Music.

The Race Beat

The Race Beat: The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle, and the Awakening of a Nation is a Pulitzer Prize-winning book written in 2006 by journalists Gene Roberts and Hank Klibanoff. The book is about the Civil Rights Movement in the United States, specifically about the role of newspapers and television. "Race Beat" refers to reporters whose beat reporting covered issues of race.The book received the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for History.It was the necessary reading for the University Interscholastic League's Social Studies Competition in 2019.

The Road

The Road is a 2006 novel by American writer Cormac McCarthy. It is a post-apocalyptic novel detailing the journey of a father and his young son over a period of several months, across a landscape blasted by an unspecified cataclysm that has destroyed most of civilization and, in the intervening years, almost all life on Earth. The novel was awarded the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction in 2006. The book was adapted to a film of the same name in 2009, directed by John Hillcoat.

Usha Lee McFarling

Usha Lee McFarling is an American science reporter who is an Artist In Residence at the University of Washington Department of Communication. She won a 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting.

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