April 16, 2001
By Jon Fine
NEW YORK (AdAge.com) -- The Portland Oregonian won two Pulitzer Prizes, as did its much larger newspaper
The Oregonian took top honors for public service, with its investigation of systemic problems within the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, as well as for feature writing for a profile by Tom Hallman Jr. of a disfigured 14-year-old boy undergoing risky surgery to improve his looks.
Race in America
The Times won for national reporting, for its exhaustive series on Race in America -- which was arguably most memorable for a lengthy piece in which Charlie LeDuff took a job in a North Carolina slaughterhouse, where he chronicled the racial divisions -- and for David Cay Johnston's beat reporting work examining loopholes within the U.S. tax system.
Chicago Tribune took the prize for international reporting, for Paul Salopek's reporting on Africa, and for its explanatory reporting of the problems within America's air traffic control system.
The Wall Street Journal claimed two Pulitzers, one for Ian Johnson's work on China's repression of Falun Gong followers, and for Dorothy Rabinowitz's commentary on American culture.
Elian Gonzales coverage
The Miami Herald work on the raid that returned Elian Gonzales to Cuba earned it the prize for breaking news reporting. The Los Angeles Times' David Willman won for investigative reporting for his work on unsafe drugs that were nonetheless approved by the Food and Drug Administration. The Boston Globe's Gail Caldwell won for criticism. Alan Diaz of The Associated Press won for breaking news photography for his instantly famous images of the Elian Gonzales raid, and Matt Rainey's photos for the Newark Star-Ledger of two students severely burned in a dormitory fire captured the award for feature photography.
Michael Chabon novel The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay won the prize for fiction, and Stephen Dunn earned the poetry prize for his volume Different Hours.
For a full list of the current winners, visit the Pulitzer's Web site.
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