Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting

The Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting has been presented since 1998, for a distinguished example of explanatory reporting that illuminates a significant and complex subject, demonstrating mastery of the subject, lucid writing and clear presentation. From 1985 to 1997, it was known as the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Journalism.

The Pulitzer Prize Board announced the new category in November 1984, citing a series of explanatory articles that seven months earlier had won the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing. The series, "Making It Fly" by Peter Rinearson of The Seattle Times, was a 29,000-word account of the development of the Boeing 757 jetliner. It had been entered in the National Reporting category, but judges moved it to Feature Writing to award it a prize. In the aftermath, the Pulitzer Prize Board said it was creating the new category in part because of the ambiguity about where explanatory accounts such as "Making It Fly" should be recognized. The Pulitzer Committee issues an official citation explaining the reasons for the award.

List of winners for Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Journalism (1985–1997)

List of winners for Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting (1998–2018)

See also


  1. ^ "The Pulitzer Prizes | Citation". Pulitzer.org. April 2014. Retrieved April 15, 2014.
  2. ^ "Explanatory Reporting". The Pulitzer Prizes. Retrieved 20 April 2015.
  3. ^ "Explanatory Reporting". Retrieved 11 April 2017.


Bettina Boxall

Bettina Boxall (born 1952) is an American journalist who covers water issues and the environment for the Los Angeles Times. She is a recipient of a Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting.

David Finkel

David Louis Finkel (born October 28, 1955) is an American journalist. He won a Pulitzer Prize in 2006 as a staff writer at The Washington Post. As of January 2017, he was national enterprise editor at the Post. He has also worked for the Post's foreign staff division. He wrote The Good Soldiers and Thank You for Your Service. He is a 2012 MacArthur Fellow.

David Streitfeld

David Streitfeld is an American journalist. During his tenure as book reporter at The Washington Post, he definitively identified Joe Klein as the "Anonymous" author of the 1996 novel Primary Colors, upon which Klein admitted authorship, despite earlier denials.Streitfeld was book reporter at The Washington Post from 1987 until 1998, after which he switched beats and covered Silicon Valley and technology for the Post out of San Francisco.In 2001, Streitfeld joined the Los Angeles Times as a technology reporter, later switching to covering Enron, housing, and general economics. In July 2006, the Atlantic magazine named him "The Bard of the Bubble" for his LA Times real estate coverage.In 2007, Streitfeld joined The New York Times as Chicago business reporter; he later switched to technology reporting out of San Francisco.

He won a 2012 "Best in Business" award from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers for his The New York Times stories on fake online reviews. Judges cited "a really nice job detailing this new review economy and how these reviews are replacing traditional advertising."Streitfeld was one of a team of New York Times reporters who won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting for a series of 10 articles on the business practices of Apple and other technology companies.In May 2014, Streitfeld broke the story of Amazon.com's negotiating tactics with publishing house Hachette, which he continued to cover for multiple months. The reporting on the topic by The New York Times and Streitfeld was the subject of a piece by The New York Times Public Editor Margaret Sullivan in October 2014.In January 2015, Melville House published Gabriel Garcia Marquez: The Last Interview, a collection edited by Streitfeld. The introduction details his friendship with Marquez and the circumstances of their talks on two continents.In August 2015, Streitfeld and New York Times colleague Jodi Kantor co-authored Inside Amazon: Wrestling Big Ideas in a Bruising Workplace. The 6000-word story generated more than 6600 comments, the largest number of comments on a story in The New York Times history. Even the Times story reporting this fact drew over 200 comments.In December 2015, Melville House published Philip K. Dick: The Last Interview, edited by Streitfeld. In Maureen Corrigan's favorable review on NPR's Fresh Air of three recent volumes in the Last Interview series, she cited Streitfeld's "terrific introduction" to the interviews in Philip K. Dick: The Last Interview.Streitfeld's longtime friendship with science fiction author Elizabeth Hand inspired her Nebula Award-winning short story Echo.

Julia Angwin

Julia Angwin is an investigative journalist, co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Markup. She was a senior reporter at ProPublica until April 2018 and staff reporter at the New York bureau of The Wall Street Journal from 2000 to 2013. Angwin is author of non-fiction books, Stealing MySpace: The Battle to Control the Most Popular Website in America (2009) and Dragnet Nation (2014).

Julie Cart

Julie Cart is an American journalist. She won a Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting.

Karen Blessen

Karen Blessen (born 1951) is an American graphic artist. She won the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting in 1989 for work together with David Hanners and William Snyder on a special section called "Anatomy of an Air Crash." She was the first graphic artist to win a Pulitzer Prize.

Kathleen Gallagher

Kathleen Gallagher is a Wisconsin-based non-profit executive who was awarded the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting. Gallagher wrote with Mark Johnson, a reporter at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, a book based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning series called "One in a Billion: The Story of Nic Volker and the Dawn of Genomic Medicine." The book was published by Simon and Schuster in 2016. Gallagher is now Executive Director of the Milwaukee Institute, a non-profit that promotes technology and innovation. She is also Executive in Residence for Investment Communications at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Gallagher was formerly a communications consultant at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and a writing instructor at the American Bankers Association.

Keith Bradsher

Keith Bradsher is a business and economics reporter and the Shanghai bureau chief of The New York Times. He was previously the chief Hong Kong correspondent since 2002, reporting on Greater China, Southeast Asia and South Asia on topics including economic trends, manufacturing, energy, health issues and the environment. He has won several awards for his reporting and was part of a team of New York Times reporters who won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting for a series of 10 articles about the business practices of Apple and other technology companies.

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."

Kevin Helliker

Kevin P. Helliker (born January 25, 1959) is an American journalist, currently a senior writer and editor on the New York sports desk of The Wall Street Journal. He and Thomas M. Burton shared the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting, citing "their groundbreaking examination of aneurysms, an often overlooked medical condition that kills thousands of Americans each year." The articles demonstrably saved lives and changed medical protocol by showing that, contrary to conventional medical wisdom, aortic aneurysms are preventable, treatable and not so rare.Helliker is a graduate of the Department of English at the University of Kansas.

Lkhagva Erdene

Lkhagva Erdene (born in Darkhan City, Mongolia, March 11, 1987) is a Mongolian TV host, television producer, investigative reporter and activist. He is the television host of Mongol TV’s “Nuudel Shiidel” debate show and the channel’s current Executive Producer of News. He has written for The Diplomat and is a regular contributor to Ikon.mn.In 2017, Erdene along with a group of reporters from the International Council of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) were awarded a Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting. He had collaborated with the group on the Panama Papers Investigation, exposing hidden offshore tax havens.Erdene is best known in Mongolia for shedding light on cases of political corruption and is known to audiences for his direct style. Through leadership in groups such as the Media Council of Mongolia, Erdene continues to play a role in strengthening the role and ethical standards of the media sector as a means to contributing to democratic development in the country.

Mark Maremont

Mark Maremont is an American business journalist with the Wall Street Journal. Maremont has worked on reports for the Journal for which the paper received two Pulitzer Prizes.

Maremont was born in Michigan. His father was president of the Chicago-based M. D. Maremont Company, a commercial real estate firm. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in history with honors and Phi Beta Kappa from Brown University and a master's degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.Maremont became telecommunications editor at Business Week in August 1983. He served as London correspondent from in July 1986 until July 1992, when he became the magazine's Boston bureau chief. While at Business Week, Maremont was a 1996 National Magazine Awards finalist the reporting category for the 1995 cover story on Bausch & Lomb, titled "Blind ambition", and won the 1997 Gerald Loeb Award in the magazine category for "Abuse of Power," a 1996 cover story on sexual abuse at Astra USA.In May 1997, Maremont joined the Wall Street Journal as a senior special writer in Boston. He became deputy bureau chief in the Boston bureau in July 2000 and is now senior editor.In 2003, Maremont was a member of the Wall Street Journal team that wrote a series of articles for which the paper staff won the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting. The citation read: "for its clear, concise and comprehensive stories that illuminated the roots, significance and impact of corporate scandals in America. This was originally nominated in the Public Service category, but was moved by the jury."Maremont was a member of a Journal team that wrote a five-part series used statistical modeling to detect stock-option rigging and resulted in at least 70 executives losing their jobs. The series won the first Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for the Wall Street Journal. The citation read: "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." For the same series, Maremont and colleagues Charles Forelle and James Bandler shared the 2006 George Polk Award for Business Journalism, the Gerald Loeb Award for Large Newspapers, and the 2007 Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting. Additionally, Maremont Forelle, Bandler, and Steve Stecklow were finalists for the 2007 Michael Kelly Award.In 2012, he shared the Gerald Loeb Award for Online Enterprise for the story "Jet Tracker."Maremont married Emily Louise Dreifus in 1984. He lives in Needham, Massachusetts.

Michael Hudson (reporter)

Michael Hudson (born 1961) is a Pulitzer-Prize winning American investigative journalist. He is global investigations editor at the Associated Press, where he oversees the work of more than 20 investigative reporters and editors in the U.S. and abroad.

Before joining AP, he worked as a senior editor with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ). At ICIJ, Hudson worked on the organization's Offshore Leaks, China Leaks, Luxembourg Leaks, Panama Papers and Paradise Papers investigations of offshore money laundering and tax avoidance. He was an editor, reporter and writer on the Panama Papers investigation, which won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting. He was project editor, reporter and writer on "Evicted and Abandoned," ICIJ's 2015 investigation of the World Bank's human rights and environmental records.Hudson previously reported on police, prisons, poverty and politics for The Roanoke (Va.) Times and covered business and finance for the Wall Street Journal and the Center for Public Integrity. Hudson's book The Monster: How a Gang of Predatory Lenders and Wall Street Bankers Fleeced America – and Spawned a Global Crisis,' was named 2010 Book of the Year by Baltimore City Paper.

Michael Moss

Michael Moss is an American journalist. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting in 2010, and was a finalist for the prize in 2006 and 1999. He is also the recipient of the Gerald Loeb Award for Large Newspapers and an Overseas Press Club citation. Before joining The New York Times, he was a reporter for The Wall Street Journal, New York Newsday, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel and The High Country News. He has been an adjunct professor at the Columbia School of Journalism and currently lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two sons.

Rick Loomis (photojournalist)

Rick Loomis (born March 22, 1969) is an American photojournalist, documentary filmmaker and producer based in Los Angeles, California. Loomis won the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting in 2007.

Robert S. Capers

Robert S. Capers (born July 15, 1949) is an American journalist.

Capers won the 1992 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting with Eric Lipton for a series about the Hubble Space Telescope that illustrated many of the problems with America's space program. He worked at the Hartford Courant until 1995.

Sydney P. Freedberg

Sydney P. Freedberg is an American journalist. She has been on the winning team for Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting three times.

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.

Zachary Mider

Zachary R. Mider has been a reporter for Bloomberg News since 2006. He writes features for the news service, for Bloomberg Businessweek, and for Bloomberg Markets magazines. He also worked for The Providence Journal in Rhode Island. In 2015 he was awarded the Pulitzer prize for Explanatory Reporting "for a painstaking, clear and entertaining explanation of how so many U.S. corporations dodge taxes and why lawmakers and regulators have a hard time stopping them."

Mider was born in upstate New York. He attended Deep Springs College and received a bachelor's degree in Social Studies from Harvard College. He lives in New Jersey with his wife and two children.

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