Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting

The Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting has been awarded since 1953, under one name or another, for a distinguished example of investigative reporting by an individual or team, presented as a single article or series in print journalism. The Pulitzer Prize is only given to journalists whose works have appeared in US newspapers, drastically limiting the number of journalists and scope of investigative reporting that may be awarded.[1] It is administered by the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York City.

From 1953 through 1963, the category was known as the Pulitzer Prize for Local Reporting, No Edition Time. From 1964 to 1984, it was known as the Pulitzer Prize for Local Investigative Specialized Reporting.[2]

The Pulitzer Committee issues an official citation explaining the reasons for the award.

Pulitzer Prize for Local Reporting, No Edition Time

  • 1953: Edward J. Mowery, New York World-Telegram & Sun, "for his reporting of the facts which brought vindication and freedom to Louis Hoffner."
  • 1954: Alvin McCoy, The Kansas City Star, "for a series of exclusive stories which led to the resignation under fire of C. Wesley Roberts as Republican National Chairman."
  • 1955: Roland Kenneth Towery, Cuero Record (Texas), "for his series of articles exclusively exposing a scandal in the administration of the Veterans' Land Program in Texas. This 32-year-old World War II veteran, a former prisoner of the Japanese, made these irregularities a state-wide and subsequently a national issue, and stimulated state action to rectify conditions in the land program."
  • 1956: Arthur Daley, The New York Times, "for his outstanding coverage and commentary on the world of sports in his daily column, Sports of the Times."
  • 1957: Wallace Turner and William Lambert, Portland Oregonian, "for their expose of vice and corruption in Portland involving some municipal officials and officers of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Chauffeurs, Warehousemen and Helpers of America, Western Conference. They fulfilled their assignments despite great handicaps and the risk of reprisal from lawless elements."
  • 1958: George Beveridge, Evening Star (Washington, D.C.), "for his excellent and thought-provoking series, "Metro, City of Tomorrow," describing in depth the urban problems of Washington, D.C., which stimulated widespread public consideration of these problems and encouraged further studies by both public and private agencies."
  • 1959: John Harold Brislin, Scranton Tribune and Scrantonian, "for displaying courage, initiative and resourcefulness in his effective four-year campaign to halt labor violence in his home city, as a result of which ten corrupt union officials were sent to jail and a local union was embolden to clean out racketeering elements."
  • 1960: Miriam Ottenberg, Evening Star (Washington, D.C.), "for a series of seven articles exposing a used-car racket in Washington, D.C., that victimized many unwary buyers. The series led to new regulations to protect the public and served to alert other communities to such sharp practices."
  • 1961: Edgar May, Buffalo Evening News, "for his series of articles on New York State's public welfare services entitled, Our Costly Dilemma, based in part on his three-month employment as a state case worker. The series brought about reforms that attracted nationwide attention."
  • 1962: George Bliss, Chicago Tribune, "for his initiative in uncovering scandals in the Metropolitan Sanitary District of Greater Chicago, with resultant remedial action."
  • 1963: Oscar Griffin Jr., Pecos Independent and Enterprise, "who as editor initiated the exposure of the Billie Sol Estes scandal and thereby brought a major fraud on the United States government to national attention with resultant investigation, prosecution and conviction of Estes."

Pulitzer Prize for Local Investigative Specialized Reporting

Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting

See also


  1. ^ "Entry Form for a Pulitzer Prize In Journalism" (PDF). pulitzer.org. Jan 2011. Retrieved 2018-03-27.
  2. ^ Heinz-D Fischer; Erika J. Fischer (1 January 2003). Complete Historical Handbook of the Pulitzer Prize System 1917-2000. Walter de Gruyter. pp. 118, 124. ISBN 978-3-11-093912-5.
  3. ^ "The Pulitzer Prizes | Citation". Pulitzer.org. April 2014. Retrieved April 15, 2014.
  4. ^ "Investigative Reporting". The Pulitzer Prizes. Retrieved 20 April 2015.
  5. ^ Hutchins, Sarah (April 21, 2015). "IRE members recognized in 2015 Pulitzer Prizes". Investigative Reporters and Editors. Retrieved February 18, 2019.
  6. ^ "Investigative Reporting". Retrieved 11 April 2017.
  7. ^ "The 2018 Pulitzer Prize Winner in Investigative Journalism". Pulitzer. Retrieved 20 June 2018.
  8. ^ "The Pulitzer Prizes". The Pulitzer Prizes. Retrieved 2019-04-15.


Al Delugach

Albert Lawrence Delugach (October 27, 1925 – January 4, 2015) was an American Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter. He began his career with The Kansas City Star in 1951. He retired from his last newspaper, the Los Angeles Times, in 1989. In 1969, he shared the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting with fellow reporter Denny Walsh of the St. Louis Globe-Democrat for their campaign exposing corruption within a St. Louis labor union . In 1984, he shared the Gerald Loeb Award for Spot News for their coverage of the death of gold trader Alan D. Saxon.Delugach died of mesothelioma in January 2015 in Los Feliz, Los Angeles. He was 89.

Alejandra Xanic von Bertrab

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Anthony Cormier

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Barbara Laker

Barbara Laker is an American journalist for the Philadelphia Daily News. She won with Wendy Ruderman the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting.

Brian Donovan (journalist)

Brian Donovan (died June 20, 2018) was an American journalist for Newsday who won the Pulitzer Prize twice, in 1970 and in 1995. He was inducted into the Press Club of Long Island's Hall of Fame.

Clifford J. Levy

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He was a reporter for the New York bureau of United Press International.

In 1990, he joined The New York Times as a news assistant, and was promoted to reporter in 1992.

He served as chief of the Albany bureau as a political reporter, City Hall correspondent and Newark correspondent. Since 2000, he had been a special projects reporter for the Times' Metro desk.

In 2003, he won the Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting.

In 2002, he wrote a series "Broken Homes" on the abuse of mentally ill adults in state-regulated homes.

He broke the story on New York State Medicaid fraud in 2005.From 2007 to 2011, Levy was the Times 's Moscow bureau chief. He received his second Pulitzer Prize in 2011 in the category of International Reporting for his reporting on corruption in Russia in cooperation with Ellen Barry. The jury awarded their "dogged reporting that put a human face on the faltering justice system in Russia, remarkably influencing the discussion inside the country.". Shortly before, in March 2011, Levy was named deputy editor of The New York Times's Metro section.

Eileen Sullivan

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Gary Cohn (journalist)

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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.

Jake Hooker (journalist)

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In 2000, he was a Peace Corps volunteer in China for two years; he taught English in Wanxian.

His first published newspaper article about his life in Waxian appeared in The Boston Globe in 2001. In 2003, he worked for the Surmang Foundation in China. In his free time, he has learned Chinese.

He currently works for the New York Times.

James V. Grimaldi

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Jeffrey A. Marx

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Joseph T. Hallinan

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While a journalist with the Indianapolis Star he and Susan M. Headden shared the 1991 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting "for their shocking series on medical malpractice in the state." Hallinan was named a Nieman Fellow at Harvard. He has written Going Up the River: Travels in a Prison Nation (2001).

Hallinan has taught at a number of American colleges and universities, and was most recently a visiting professor at Vanderbilt University. He has appeared on a variety of radio and television programs in the U.S. and abroad, including NPR's Fresh Air with Teri Gross and The O'Reilly Factor on Fox News.

He lives in Chicago with his wife, Pamela Taylor, and their three children.

Leonora LaPeter Anton

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Loretta Tofani

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Mitch Weiss

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Wendy Ruderman

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