Washington Post wins public service prize, 2 other Pulitzers for journalism

Wall Street Journal, Denver papers get 2

April 11, 2000|By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE

The Washington Post received three of the 14 Pulitzer Prizes awarded for journalism yesterday, including the public service award for its coverage of the neglect and abuse of the mentally retarded in city group homes in Washington.

The Wall Street Journal won two prizes, and the Village Voice, a free weekly newspaper in New York, was awarded the prize for international reporting for its coverage of the AIDS crisis in Africa.

The Denver Post staff won the award for breaking news for its coverage of the student massacre at Columbine High School.

The Associated Press won for investigative reporting "for revealing, with extensive documentation, the decades-old secret of how American soldiers early in the Korean War killed hundreds of Korean civilians in a massacre at the No Gun Ri Bridge."

The Washington Post won an award for criticism, given to Henry Allen for writing on photography, and for feature photography for coverage of Kosovo refugees.

In awarding the public service award, the Pulitzer committee singled out notable reporting by Katherine Boo, an investigative reporter at the Post since 1993.

The Village Voice won for its eight-part series by Mark Schoofs, who spent more than six months in nine countries examining the AIDS crisis and its consequences.

The Wall Street Journal staff won the Pulitzer in the national affairs category "for its revealing stories that questioned U.S. defense spending and military deployment in the post-Cold War era."

Paul A. Gigot of the Journal also won for columns on politics and government, many of them related to the impact of the crisis surrounding the impeachment of President Clinton.

John C. Bersia of the Orlando Sentinel won the award for distinguished editorial writing for "attacking predatory lending practices in the state."

The award for explanatory reporting went to Eric Newhouse of the Great Falls Tribune in Montana for coverage of alcohol abuse in the community. George Dohrmann of the St. Paul Pioneer Press won the prize for beat reporting for exposing academic fraud in the men's basketball program at the University of Minnesota..

J.R. Moehringer of the Los Angeles Times won the feature writing award for his portrait of Gee's Bend, an isolated river community populated by descendants of slaves in Alabama.

Joel Pett of the Lexington Herald Leader in Kentucky, won in the editorial cartoons category.

The award for breaking news photography went to the Denver Rocky Mountain News photography staff for the "emotional images taken after the student shootings at Columbine High School."

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