From the Pulitzer timeline: 1985
1985 Winners
and Finalists


Letters, Drama, and Music

Foreign Affairs by Alison Lurie (Random House)
Sunday in the Park With George; music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by James Lapine.
Prophets of Regulation by Thomas K. McCraw (Belknap/Harvard)
Biography or Autobiography
The Life and Times of Cotton Mather by Kenneth Silverman (Harper & Row)
Yin by Carolyn Kizer (BOA Editions)
General Nonfiction
The Good War: An Oral History of World War Two by Studs Terkel (Pantheon)
Symphony, RiverRun by Stephen Albert
Premiered by the National Symphony Orchestra on January 17, 1985.

Special Citations

Special Awards and Citations - Music
William Schuman
For more than half a century of contribution to American music as composer and educational leader.

Pulitzer Prize Board

The board overseeing the prizes

Press Releases

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Public Service
Fort Worth (TX) Star-Telegram
For reporting by Mark J. Thompson which revealed that nearly 250 U.S. servicemen had lost their lives as a result of a design problem in helicopters built by Bell Helicopter -a revelation which ultimately led the Army to ground almost 600 Huey helicopters pending their modification.
General News Reporting
Thomas Turcol of Virginian-Pilot and Ledger-Star, Norfolk, VA
For City Hall coverage which exposed the corruption of a local economic development official.
Investigative Reporting
William K. Marimow of The Philadelphia Inquirer
For his revelation that city police dogs had attacked more than 350 people -- an expose that led to investigations of the K-9 unit and the removal of a dozen officers from it.

Lucy Morgan and Jack Reed of St. Petersburg (FL) Times
For their thorough reporting on Pasco County Sheriff John Short, which revealed his department's corruption and led to his removal from office by voters.
Explanatory Journalism
Jon Franklin of The Baltimore Evening Sun
For his seven-part series "The Mind Fixers," about the new science of molecular psychiatry.
Specialized Reporting
Randall Savage and Jackie Crosby of Macon (GA) Telegraph and News
For their in-depth examination of academics and athletics at the University of Georgia and the Georgia Institute of Technology.
National Reporting
Thomas J. Knudson of Des Moines Register
For his series of articles that examined the dangers of farming as an occupation.
International Reporting
Josh Friedman and Dennis Bell, reporters, and Ozier Muhammad, photographer of Newsday, Long Island, NY
For their series on the plight of the hungry in Africa.
Feature Writing
Alice Steinbach of The Baltimore Sun
For her account of a blind boy's world, "A Boy of Unusual Vision."
Murray Kempton of Newsday, Long Island, NY
For witty and insightful reflection on public issues in 1984 and throughout a distinguished career.
Howard Rosenberg of Los Angeles Times
For his television criticism.
Editorial Writing
Richard Aregood of The Philadelphia Daily News
For his editorials on a variety of subjects.
Editorial Cartooning
Jeff MacNelly of Chicago Tribune
Spot News Photography
Photography Staff of The Register, Santa Ana, CA
For their exceptional coverage of the Olympic games.
Feature Photography
Larry C. Price of The Philadelphia Inquirer
For his series of photographs from Angola and El Salvador depicting their war-torn inhabitants.

Stan Grossfeld of The Boston Globe
For his series of photographs of the famine in Ethiopia and for his pictures of illegal aliens on the Mexican border.