Eileen Welsome

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Eileen Welsome (born March 12, 1951)[1] is an American journalist. She received a Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting in 1994 while a reporter for The Albuquerque Tribune for a 3-part story titled "The Plutonium Experiment" published beginning on November 15, 1993.[2] She was awarded the prize for her articles about the government's human radiation experiments conducted on unwilling and unknowing Americans during the Cold War.[3][4] Welsome also has been honored by the National Headliners Association and the Associated Press and has received many awards for her writing.[3] In 1999, Welsome wrote the book The Plutonium Files: America's Secret Medical Experiments in the Cold War.[5] In 2000, Welsome received the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for First Nonfiction for The Plutonium Files.[6]

Welsome began her career in journalism as a reporter for the Beaumont Enterprise. She also worked for the San Antonio Light and the San Antonio Express-News before joining The Albuquerque Tribune staff in 1987. Welsome graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1980 with a Bachelor of Journalism degree.[3]


  • Welsome, Eileen. The Plutonium Files: America's Secret Medical Experiments in the Cold War. New York, N.Y.: Dial Press, 1999. ISBN 0385314027 OCLC 40805423
  • Welsome, Eileen. The General and the Jaguar: Pershing's Hunt for Pancho Villa: a True Story of Revolution and Revenge. New York: Little, Brown and Co, 2006. ISBN 0316715999 OCLC 62172693
  • Welsome, Eileen. Healers and Hellraisers: Denver Health's First 150 Years. Denver, CO: Denver Health Foundation, 2011. ISBN 9780615423906
  • Welsome, Eileen. Deep Roots: AspenPointe and Colorado Springs, Together Since 1875. 2013. ISBN 9780989618502 OCLC 875892653

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  1. ^ Brennan, E. A.; Clarage, E. C. (1999). Who's who of Pulitzer Prize winners. ISBN 1-57356-111-8. 
  2. ^ Eileen Welsome, Albuquerque Tribune made history with 'The Plutonium Experiment', Albuquerque Tribune, Joline Gutierrez Krueger, February 22, 2008.
  3. ^ a b c The University of Texas at Austin. Eileen Welsome: 1994 Pulitzer Prize in National Reporting
  4. ^ Robert Martensen. Final Report of the Advisory Committee on Human Radiation Experiments (review) Bulletin of the History of Medicine Volume 72, Number 1, Spring 1998, p. 166.
  5. ^ The Plutonium Files: America's secret medical experiments in the Cold War (Book Review) The New England Journal of Medicine, Volume 341:1941-1942, Harriet A. Washington, December 16, 1999, DOI:10.1056 NEJM199912163412519.
  6. ^ http://www.pen.org/page.php/prmID/896

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