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2002 Pulitzer Prize

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2002 Pulitzer Prize

Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

Richard Russo

Honored for : Empire Falls

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Nominee Nominated Work
Jonathan Franzen The Corrections
Richard Russo Empire Falls
Colson Whitehead John Henry Days
Pulitzer Prize for Drama

Suzan-Lori Parks

Honored for : Topdog/Underdog

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Nominee Nominated Work
Suzan-Lori Parks Topdog/Underdog
Rebecca Gilman The Glory of Living
Dael Orlandersmith Yellowman
Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography

David McCullough

Honored for : John Adams

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Nominee Nominated Work
Jimmy Carter An hour before daylight
Jean Edward Smith Grant
David McCullough John Adams
Pulitzer Prize for Music

Henry Brant

Honored for : Ice Field

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Nominee Nominated Work
Henry Brant Ice Field
Peter Lieberson Rilke Songs
David Rakowski Ten of a Kind Symphony No.2
Pulitzer Prize for Public Service

The New York Times

(For "A Nation Challenged," a special section published regularly after the September 11th terrorist attacks on America, which coherently and comprehensively covered the tragic events, profiled the victims, and tracked the developing story, locally and globally.)

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Nominee Nominated Work
The New York Times
For "A Nation Challenged," a special section published regularly after the September 11th terrorist attacks on America, which coherently and comprehensively covered the tragic events, profiled the victims, and tracked the developing story, locally and globally.
The Washington Post
For the work of Sari Horwitz, Scott Higham and Sarah Cohen for a series that exposed the District of Columbia's role in the neglect and death of 229 children placed in protective care between 1993 and 2000, which prompted an overhaul of the city's child welfare system.
The Washington Post
For its sustained and often groundbreaking coverage that informed and aided the nation as it grappled with the complex and varied issues stemming from the September 11th terrorist attacks on America and their aftermath.
Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting

Sari Horwitz, Scott Higham, Sarah Cohen

(For a series that exposed the District of Columbia's role in the neglect and death of 229 children placed in protective care between 1993 and 2000, which prompted an overhaul of the city's child welfare system.)

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Nominee Nominated Work
Sari Horwitz
For a series that exposed the District of Columbia's role in the neglect and death of 229 children placed in protective care between 1993 and 2000, which prompted an overhaul of the city's child welfare system.
Scott Higham
For a series that exposed the District of Columbia's role in the neglect and death of 229 children placed in protective care between 1993 and 2000, which prompted an overhaul of the city's child welfare system.
Sarah Cohen
For a series that exposed the District of Columbia's role in the neglect and death of 229 children placed in protective care between 1993 and 2000, which prompted an overhaul of the city's child welfare system.
Duff Wilson
For a penetrating investigation of a local cancer research center, reporting that some patients who died in two failed clinical trials were deprived of essential information about the trials' risks, and were given drugs in which the center and its doctors had a financial interest.
David Heath
For a penetrating investigation of a local cancer research center, reporting that some patients who died in two failed clinical trials were deprived of essential information about the trials' risks, and were given drugs in which the center and its doctors had a financial interest.
Craig Whitlock
For two series that documented systematic abuses, including excessive shootings and questionable murder confessions, in the Prince George's County police department.
David S. Fallis
For two series that documented systematic abuses, including excessive shootings and questionable murder confessions, in the Prince George's County police department.
April Witt
For two series that documented systematic abuses, including excessive shootings and questionable murder confessions, in the Prince George's County police department.
Jeff Bruce Dayton Daily News
For its ambitious global examination of the ethical issues surrounding the recruiting of foreign athletes for American schools.
Cox Media Group Dayton Daily News
For its ambitious global examination of the ethical issues surrounding the recruiting of foreign athletes for American schools.
Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Reporting

The Wall Street Journal

(For its coverage of the September 11 attack on the World Trade Center.)

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Nominee Nominated Work
The Wall Street Journal
For its comprehensive and insightful coverage, executed under the most difficult circumstances, of the terrorist attack on New York City, which recounted the day's events and their implications for the future.
New York Daily News
For its vivid and detailed on-scene coverage of the September 11th terrorist attack on New York City.
The New York Times
For its eloquent and precise coverage of the September 11th terrorist attacks that captured the gravity, drama and historic dimension of the day's events.
Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting

Barry Bearak

(For his deeply affecting and illuminating coverage of daily life in war-torn Afghanistan.)

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Nominee Nominated Work
Barry Bearak
For his deeply affecting and illuminating coverage of daily life in war-torn Afghanistan.
Dexter Filkins
For his gracefully-written and revealing dispatches from the war in Afghanistan.
The Washington Post
For its comprehensive and insightful coverage of the war in Afghanistan and the international al Qaeda terror network.
Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing

Barry Siegel

(For his humane and haunting portrait of a man tried for negligence in the death of his son, and the judge who heard the case.)

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Barry Siegel
For his humane and haunting portrait of a man tried for negligence in the death of his son, and the judge who heard the case.
Ellen Barry
For her empathetic and illuminating portrait of teenaged Sudanese boys resettled in the U.S. who must engage with American culture.
David Maraniss
For his moving and textured reconstruction of the tragic events of September 11th, described through the actions of several key participants.
Pulitzer Prize for Commentary

Thomas L. Friedman

(For his clarity of vision, based on extensive reporting, in commenting on the worldwide impact of the terrorist threat.)

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Thomas L. Friedman
For his clarity of vision, based on extensive reporting, in commenting on the worldwide impact of the terrorist threat.
Michael Daly
For his compassionate and humane columns, particularly those written after the terrorist attack on New York City.
Nat Hentoff
For his persuasive and authoritative columns on the threats to American civil liberties following the September 11th terrorist attacks.
Pulitzer Prize for Beat Reporting

Gretchen Morgenson

(For her trenchant and incisive Wall Street coverage.)

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Nominee Nominated Work
Gretchen Morgenson
For her trenchant and incisive Wall Street coverage.
Patrick Healy
For his reporting on education, including a compassionate examination of student suicides at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and revelations of grade inflation at Harvard University, coverage that spawned reforms.
Jack Kelley
For his wide-ranging and prescient reporting on centers of foreign terrorism, often conducted at personal risk.
Pulitzer Prize for Criticism

Justin Davidson

(For his crisp coverage of classical music that captures its essence.)

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Nominee Nominated Work
Justin Davidson
For his crisp coverage of classical music that captures its essence.
John King
For his forcefully-expressed and engaging essays illustrating the role that architecture and urban design plays in the life of his city.
Joe Morgenstern
For his witty and commanding criticism of contemporary films.
Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing

Alex Raksin, Bob Sipchen

(For their comprehensive and powerfully-written editorials exploring the issues and dilemmas provoked by mentally ill people dwelling on the streets.)

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Nominee Nominated Work
William H. Freivogel
For his editorials, passionate and powerful, opposing the nomination and policies of U.S. Attorney General John D. Ashcroft.
Alex Raksin
For their comprehensive and powerfully written editorials exploring the issues and dilemmas provoked by mentally ill people dwelling on the streets.
Bob Sipchen
For their comprehensive and powerfully written editorials exploring the issues and dilemmas provoked by mentally ill people dwelling on the streets.
Philadelphia Daily News
For its crusade on behalf of the city's neglected parks.
Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning

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Nominee Nominated Work
Clay Bennett
Marshall Ramsey
Ben Sargent
Pulitzer Prize for Poetry

Carl Dennis

Honored for : Practical Gods

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Nominee Nominated Work
Louise Gl├╝ck The Seven Ages
Franz Wright The beforelife
Carl Dennis Practical Gods
Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction

Diane McWhorter

Honored for : Carry Me Home: Birmingham, Alabama, the Climactic Battle of the Civil Rights Revolution

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Nominee Nominated Work
Andrew Solomon The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression
David Halberstam War in a Time of Peace: Bush, Clinton, and the Generals
Diane McWhorter Carry Me Home: Birmingham, Alabama, the Climactic Battle of the Civil Rights Revolution
Pulitzer Prize for History

Louis Menand

Honored for : The Metaphysical Club: A Story of Ideas in America

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Nominee Nominated Work
J. Harris Deep Souths
Daniel K. Richter Facing East from Indian Country
Louis Menand The Metaphysical Club: A Story of Ideas in America
Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting

The New York Times

(For its informed and detailed reporting, before and after the September 11th attacks on America, that profiled the global terrorism network and the threats it posed.)

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Nominee Nominated Work
David Finkel
For his illuminating series of articles on the lives and journeys of international migrants.
The New York Times
For its informed and detailed reporting, before and after the September 11th attacks on America, that profiled the global terrorism network and the threats it posed.
The New York Times
For its sustained explanatory reporting on the nature of the structural damage at \"Ground Zero,\" the lower Manhattan area where the World Trade Center towers collapsed.
Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography

Chang W. Lee

Honored for : The New York Times
(For its consistently outstanding photographic coverage of the terrorist attack on New York City and its aftermath.)

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Nominee Nominated Work
Thomas E. Franklin
For his memorable photograph of three firefighters raising an American flag amidst the wreckage of the World Trade Center towers.
Tyler Hicks
For their comprehensive portfolio of dramatic yet humane images from the war in Afghanistan.
James Hill
For their comprehensive portfolio of dramatic yet humane images from the war in Afghanistan.
The New York Times
For its consistently outstanding photographic coverage of the terrorist attack on New York City and its aftermath.
Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography

The New York Times

(For its photographs chronicling the pain and the perseverance of people enduring protracted conflict in Afghanistan and Pakistan.)

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Nominee Nominated Work
J. Albert Diaz
For his diverse images portraying American life in the sprawl of south Florida's Broward County
Mike Stocker
For their compelling and explanatory images illustrating the devastating impact of AIDS in the Caribbean.
A. Enrique Valentin
For their compelling and explanatory images illustrating the devastating impact of AIDS in the Caribbean.
Hilda M. Perez
For their compelling and explanatory images illustrating the devastating impact of AIDS in the Caribbean.
The New York Times
For its photographs chronicling the pain and the perseverance of people enduring protracted conflict in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting

The Washington Post

(For its comprehensive coverage of America's War on Terrorism, which regularly brought forth new information together with skilled analysis of unfolding developments.)

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Nominee Nominated Work
The Washington Post
For its comprehensive coverage of America's war on terrorism, which regularly brought forth new information together with skilled analysis of unfolding developments.
Douglas M. Birch
For their series that suggested that university research on new drug therapies is being tainted by relationships with profit-seeking drug companies.
Gary Cohn
For their series that suggested that university research on new drug therapies is being tainted by relationships with profit-seeking drug companies.
Gregory L. Vistica
For his enterprising and nuanced reporting that disclosed Senator Bob Kerrey's role in a massacre during the Vietnam War.