2007 Pulitzer Prize
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In November 2006, the Pulitzer Prize Board announced two changes that would apply for the 2007 awards:
- "online elements will be permitted in all journalism categories except for the competition's two photography categories, which will continue to restrict entries to still images."
- a "category called Local Reporting will replace Beat Reporting as one of the 14 prizes in journalism"; the board explained that "while the local category replaces the Beat Reporting category that was created in 1991, the work of beat reporters remains eligible for entry in a wide range of categories that include—depending on the specialty involved—national, investigative, and explanatory reporting, as well as the new local category."
|Public service||The Wall Street Journal||"For its creative and comprehensive probe into backdated stock options for business executives that triggered investigations, the ouster of top officials and widespread change in corporate America."|
|Breaking news reporting||Staff of The Oregonian, Portland, Oregon||"For its skillful and tenacious coverage of a family missing in the Oregon mountains, telling the tragic story both in print and online."|
|Investigative reporting||Brett Blackledge of The Birmingham News in Alabama||"For his exposure of cronyism and corruption in the state's two-year college system, resulting in the dismissal of the chancellor and other corrective action."|
|Explanatory reporting||Kenneth R. Weiss, Usha Lee McFarling and Rick Loomis of the Los Angeles Times||"For their richly portrayed reports on the world's distressed oceans, telling the story in print and online, and stirring reaction among readers and officials."|
|Local reporting||Debbie Cenziper of The Miami Herald||"For reports on waste, favoritism and lack of oversight at the Miami housing agency that resulted in dismissals, investigations and prosecutions."|
|National reporting||Charlie Savage of The Boston Globe||"For his revelations that President Bush often used "signing statements" to assert his controversial right to bypass provisions of new laws."|
|International reporting||Staff of The Wall Street Journal||"For its sharply edged reports on the adverse impact of China's booming capitalism on conditions ranging from inequality to pollution."|
|Feature writing||Andrea Elliott of The New York Times||"For her intimate, richly textured portrait of an immigrant imam striving to find his way and serve his faithful in America."|
|Commentary||Cynthia Tucker of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution||"For her courageous, clear-headed columns that evince a strong sense of morality and persuasive knowledge of the community."|
|Criticism||Jonathan Gold of LA Weekly||"For his zestful, wide ranging restaurant reviews, expressing the delight of an erudite eater."|
|Editorial writing||The editorial board of the New York Daily News||"For its compassionate and compelling editorials on behalf of Ground Zero workers whose health problems were neglected by the city and the nation."|
|Editorial cartooning||Walt Handelsman of Newsday, of Long Island, New York||"For his stark, sophisticated cartoons and his impressive use of zany animation."|
|Breaking news photography||Oded Balilty of The Associated Press||"For his powerful photograph of a lone Jewish woman defying Israeli security forces as they remove illegal settlers in the West Bank."|
|Feature photography||Renée C. Byer of The Sacramento Bee, of California||"For her intimate portrayal of a single mother and her young son as he loses his battle with cancer."|
Letters, Drama and Music Awards
|Fiction||The Road by Cormac McCarthy (Alfred A. Knopf)|
|Drama||Rabbit Hole by David Lindsay-Abaire (TCG)|
|History||The Race Beat by Gene Roberts and Hank Klibanoff (Alfred A. Knopf)|
|Biography||The Most Famous Man in America by Debby Applegate (Doubleday)|
|Poetry||Native Guard by Natasha Trethewey (Houghton Mifflin)|
|General Nonfiction||The Looming Tower by Lawrence Wright (Alfred A. Knopf)|
|Music||Sound Grammar by Ornette Coleman|
- Ray Bradbury received a special citation "for his distinguished, prolific and deeply influential career as an unmatched author of science fiction and fantasy."
- John Coltrane received a posthumous special citation "for his masterful improvisation, supreme musicianship and iconic centrality to the history of jazz."
- The Pulitzer Prize Winners for 2007, from that organization's website
- Pulitzer Board Widens Range of Online Journalism in Entries, from the Pulitzer Prize website