From the Pulitzer timeline: 1989
1989 Winners
and Finalists


Letters, Drama, and Music

Breathing Lessons by Anne Tyler (Alfred A. Knopf)
The Heidi Chronicles by Wendy Wasserstein
Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era by James M. McPherson (Oxford University Press)

Parting the Waters: America in the King Years 1954-1963 by Taylor Branch (Simon and Schuster)
Biography or Autobiography
Oscar Wilde by the late Richard Ellmann (Alfred A. Knopf)
New and Collected Poems by Richard Wilbur (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich)
General Nonfiction
A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam by Neil Sheehan (Random House)
Whispers Out of Time by Roger Reynolds
Premiered on December 11, 1988, at Buckley Recital Hall, Amherst College, Massachusetts.

Special Citations

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Public Service
Anchorage Daily News
For reporting about the high incidence of alcoholism and suicide among native Alaskans in a series that focused attention on their despair and resulted in various reforms.
General News Reporting
Staff of Louisville Courier-Journal
For its exemplary initial coverage of a bus crash that claimed 27 lives and its subsequent thorough and effective examination of the causes and implications of the tragedy.
Investigative Reporting
Bill Dedman of The Atlanta Journal and Constitution
For his investigation of the racial discrimination practiced by lending institutions in Atlanta, reporting which led to significant reforms in those policies.
Explanatory Journalism
David Hanners -reporter, William Snyder -photographer, and Karen Blessen -artist
For their special report on a 1986 airplane crash, the follow-up investigation, and the implications for air safety.
Specialized Reporting
Edward Humes of Orange County Register
For his in-depth reporting on the military establishment in Southern California.
National Reporting
Donald L. Barlett and James B. Steele of The Philadelphia Inquirer
For their 15-month investigation of "rifle shot" provisions in the Tax Reform Act of 1986, a series that aroused such widespread public indignation that Congress subsequently rejected proposals giving special tax breaks to many politically connected individuals and businesses.
International Reporting
Bill Keller of The New York Times
For resourceful and detailed coverage of events in the U.S.S.R.

Glenn Frankel of The Washington Post
For sensitive and balanced reporting from Israel and the Middle East.
Feature Writing
David Zucchino of The Philadelphia Inquirer
For his richly compelling series, "Being Black in South Africa."
Clarence Page of Chicago Tribune
For his provocative columns on local and national affairs.
Michael Skube of News and Observer, Raleigh, NC
For his writing about books and other literary topics.
Editorial Writing
Lois Wille of Chicago Tribune
For her editorials on a variety of local issues.
Editorial Cartooning
Jack Higgins of Chicago Sun-Times
Spot News Photography
Ron Olshwanger, free-lance photographer
For a picture published in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch of a firefighter giving mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to a child pulled from a burning building.
Feature Photography
Manny Crisostomo of Detroit Free Press
For his series of photographs. depicting student life at Southwestern High School in Detroit.