2003 Pulitzer Prize Winners Announced

By: Dave Astor

Published at 3:09 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Updated at 6:35 p.m.

Columbia University announced the 2003 Pulitzer Prizes Monday afternoon. The Washington Post and Los Angeles Times each won three awards.

In addition, former Washington Post assistant managing editor Rick Atkinson won the Pulitzer for history for An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa, 1942-1943. He is currently covering the war in Iraq for the newspaper.

The Tribune Co. picked up five Pulitzers, while The New York Times Co. won two awards.

The winners are:

Public Service
The Boston Globe staff — Catholic priest sex scandal

Finalists:
* The Detroit News, Norman Sinclair, Ronald Hanson, Melvin Claxton — defects in criminal justice system
* Pensacola (Fla.) News Journal staff — corruption in Escambia County, Florida

Breaking News Reporting
The Eagle-Tribune, Lawrence, Mass., staff — drowning of four boys

Finalists:
* The Sun, Baltimore, staff — DC sniper killings
* The Seattle Times staff — local connection to DC sniper case

Investigative Reporting
The New York Times, Clifford J. Levy — warehousing the mentally ill

Finalists:
* Los Angeles Times, Alan Miller and Kevin Sack (moved to national reporting)
* The Seattle Times staff — how an Algerian boy evolved into a terrorist

Explanatory Reporting
The Wall Street Journal staff — corporate scandals

Finalists:
* The Sun, Baltimore, Jim Haner, John B. O’Donnell and Kimberly A.C. Wilson — examination of city’s low conviction rates in murder cases
* Milwaukee Journal Sentinel staff — chronic wasting disease among deer

Beat Reporting
The Sun, Baltimore, Diana K. Sugg — medical issues

Finalists:
* The Christian Science Monitor, Boston, Cameron W. Barr — Israeli-Palestinian conflict
* The New York Times, David Cay Johnston — manipulation of U.S. tax laws

National Reporting
Los Angeles Times, Alan Miller and Kevin Sack, military aircraft linked to the death of many pilots

Finalists:
* Chicago Tribune staff — Arthur Andersen
* The Washington Post, Anne Hull — accounts of young immigrants coming of age in the American South
*The New York Times staff — corruption in corporate America

International Reporting
The Washington Post, Kevin Sullivan and Mary Jordan — Mexican criminal justice system

Finalists:
* The Wall Street Journal, Alix M. Freedman, Steve Stecklow — how Saddam Hussein profited from U.N. sanctions
* Chicago Tribune, R.C. Longworth — tensions between U.S. and Europe

Feature Writing
Los Angeles Times, Sonia Nazario — the journey of a Honduran child

Finalists:
* The Plain Dealer, Cleveland, Connie Schultz — a wrongly convicted man
* The Oregonian, Portland, David Stabler — teenage musical prodigy

Commentary
The Washington Post, Colbert I. King

Finalists:
* The Providence (R.I.) Journal, Edward Achorn — government corruption in Rhode Island
* The Times-Dispatch, Richmond, Va., Mark Holmberg — columns on variety of topics

Criticism
The Washington Post, Stephen Hunter, film

Finalists:
* San Francisco Chronicle, John King, architecture and urban design
* Los Angeles Times, Nicolai Ouroussoff, architecure

Editorial Writing
Chicago Tribune, Cornelia Grumman — death penalty

Finalists:
* The Wall Street Journal, Robert L. Pollock — FDA and cancer drugs
* The Arizona Republic, Phoenix, Linda Valdez — illegal immigrants and the state judicial system

Editorial Cartooning
Seattle Post-Intelligencer, David Horsey

Finalists:
* The Sacramento (Calif.) Bee, Rex Babin
* The Christian Science Monitor, Boston, Clay Bennett

Breaking News Photography
Rocky Mountain News, Denver, staff — Colorado wildfires

Finalists:
* Los Angeles Times, Carolyn Cole — the siege of the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem
* The Washington Times staff — DC sniper

Feature Photography
Los Angeles Times, Don Bartletti — the journey of undocumented Central American youths to the U.S.

Finalists:
* Los Angeles Times, Matt Black, freelancer — black sharecroppers who migrated to California
* The Hartford (Conn.) Courant, Brad Clift — heroin addiction in the city

For more information, visit the Pulitzer Web site.

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