From the Pulitzer timeline: 1986
1986 Winners
and Finalists


Letters, Drama, and Music

Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry (Simon & Schuster)
(No Award)
...the Heavens and the Earth: A Political History of the Space Age by Walter A. McDougall (Basic Books)
Biography or Autobiography
Louise Bogan: A Portrait by Elizabeth Frank (Alfred A. Knopf)
The Flying Change by Henry Taylor (Louisiana State University Press)
General Nonfiction
Common Ground: A Turbulent Decade in the Lives of Three American Families by J. Anthony Lukas (Alfred A. Knopf)

Move Your Shadow: South Africa, Black and White by Joseph Lelyveld (Times Books)
Wind Quintet IV by George Perle
Premiered on October 2, 1985 at Merkin Concert Hall in New York City.

Special Citations

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Press Releases

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Public Service
The Denver Post
For its in-depth study of "missing children," which revealed that most are involved in custody disputes or are runaways, and which helped mitigate national fears stirred by exaggerated statistics.
General News Reporting
Edna Buchanan of The Miami Herald
For her versatile and consistently excellent police beat reporting.
Investigative Reporting
Jeffrey A. Marx and Michael M. York of Lexington (KY) Herald Leader
For their series "Playing Above the Rules," which exposed cash payoffs to University of Kentucky basketball players in violation of NCAA regulations and led to significant reforms.
Explanatory Journalism
Staff of The New York Times
For a six-part comprehensive series on the Strategic Defense Initiative, which explored the scientific, political and foreign policy issues involved in "Star Wars."
Specialized Reporting
Andrew Schneider and Mary Pat Flaherty of Pittsburgh Press
For their investigation of violations and failures in the organ transplantation system in the United States.
National Reporting
Craig Flournoy and George Rodrigue of The Dallas Morning News
For their investigation into subsidized housing in East Texas, which uncovered patterns of racial discrimination and segregation in public housing across the United States and led to significant reforms.

Arthur Howe of The Philadelphia Inquirer
For his enterprising and indefatigable reporting on massive deficiencies in IRS processing of tax returns-reporting that eventually inspired major changes in IRS procedures and prompted the agency to make a public apology to U.S. taxpayers.
International Reporting
Lewis M. Simons, Pete Carey and Katherine Ellison of San Jose (CA) Mercury News
For their June 1985 series that documented massive transfers of wealth abroad by President Marcos and his associates and had a direct impact on subsequent political developments in the Philippines and the United States.
Feature Writing
John Camp of St. Paul Pioneer Press and Dispatch
For his five-part series examining the life of an American farm family faced with the worst U.S. agricultural crisis since the Depression.
Jimmy Breslin of New York Daily News
For columns which consistently champion ordinary citizens
Donal Henahan of The New York Times
For his music criticism.
Editorial Writing
Jack Fuller of Chicago Tribune
For his editorials on constitutional issues.
Editorial Cartooning
Jules Feiffer of The Village Voice, New York, NY
Spot News Photography
Carol Guzy and Michel du Cille of The Miami Herald
For their photographs of the devastation caused by the eruption of the Nevado del Ruiz volcano in Colombia.
Feature Photography
Tom Gralish of The Philadelphia Inquirer
For his series of photographs of Philadelphia's homeless.