From the Pulitzer timeline: 1990
1990 Winners
and Finalists


Letters, Drama, and Music

The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love by Oscar Hijuelos (Farrar)
The Piano Lesson by August Wilson
In Our Image: America's Empire in the Philippines by Stanley Karnow (Random House)
Biography or Autobiography
Machiavelli in Hell by Sebastian de Grazia (Princeton University Press)
The World Doesn't End by Charles Simic (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich)
General Nonfiction
And Their Children After Them by Dale Maharidge and Michael Williamson (Pantheon)
"Duplicates": A Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra by Mel Powell
Premiered by the Los Angeles Philharmonic on January 26, 1990.

Special Citations

There are no special citations for this time period.

Pulitzer Prize Board

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Press Releases

No press releases are currently recorded for this year.


Public Service
Washington (NC) Daily News
For revealing that the city's water supply was contaminated with carcinogens, a problem that the local government had neither disclosed nor corrected over a period of eight years.

The Philadelphia Inquirer
For reporting by Gilbert M. Gaul that disclosed how the American blood industry operates with little government regulation or supervision.
General News Reporting
Staff of San Jose (CA) Mercury News
For its detailed coverage of the October 17, 1989, Bay Area earthquake and its aftermath.
Investigative Reporting
Lou Kilzer and Chris Ison of Star Tribune, Minneapolis-St. Paul
For reporting that exposed a network of local citizens who had links to members of the St. Paul fire department and who profited from fires, including some described by the fire department itself as being of suspicious origin.
Explanatory Journalism
David A. Vise and Steve Coll of The Washington Post
For stories scrutinizing the Securities and Exchange Commission and the way it has been affected by the policies of its former chairman, John Shad.
Specialized Reporting
Tamar Stieber of Albuquerque Journal
For persistent reporting that linked a rare blood disorder to an over-the-counter dietary supplement, L-Tryptophan, and led to a national recall of the product.
National Reporting
Ross Anderson, Bill Dietrich, Mary Ann Gwinn and Eric Nalder of The Seattle Times
For coverage of the Exxon Valdez oil spill and its aftermath.
International Reporting
Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl Wu Dunn of The New York Times
For knowledgeable reporting from China on the mass movement for democracy and its subsequent suppression.
Feature Writing
Dave Curtin of Colorado Springs Gazette Telegraph
For a gripping account of a family's struggle to recover after its members were severely burned in an explosion that devastated their home.
Jim Murray of Los Angeles Times
For his sports columns.
Allan Temko of San Francisco Chronicle
For his architecture criticism.
Editorial Writing
Thomas J. Hylton of The Pottstown (PA) Mercury
For his editorials about a local bond issue for the preservation of farmland and other open space in rural Pennsylvania.
Editorial Cartooning
Tom Toles of The Buffalo News
For his work during the year as exemplified by the cartoon "First Amendment."
Spot News Photography
Photo Staff of The Tribune, Oakland, CA
For photographs of devastation caused by the Bay Area earthquake of October 17, 1989.
Feature Photography
David C. Turnley of Detroit Free Press
For photographs of the political uprisings in China and Eastern Europe.