The 1995 Pulitzer Prize Winners

Explanatory Journalism

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Leon Dash

Leon Dash, 50, is a reporter on the Investigative and Special Projects staff of The Washington Post. He joined The Post in 1965 as a copy aide and was promoted to reporter a year later. His first assignments included local beats, including suburban and D.C. government.

In 1976 and 1977, he took his first foreign assignment, spending months and walking 2,100 miles with anti-government guerillas in Angola. In 1979, he returned to Africa as a foreign correspondent based in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. After five years abroad, he joined the Investigative and Special Projects staff.

His first major project - a six-part series on teenage pregnancy - was a finalist for explanatory journalism in 1986. Dash wrote the series after spending a year living in a D.C. neighborhood with the highest rate of teenage pregnancy. The series became the basis for a book, When Children Want Children.

A native of New Bedford, Massachusetts, Dash was born March 16, 1944. He grew up in Harlem in New York City. He is a 1968 graduate of Howard University. He lives in Mount Rainier, Maryland.

--photo credit: University of Illinois


Lucian Perkins, is a staff photographer for The Washington Post. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in biology and worked on the student newspaper, The Daily Texan. While there, he studied under photographer Garry Winogrand. In 1979 Perkins received an internship at The Washington Post. Later that year he was hired full time based partially on a photo story about the first women admitted to the U.S. Naval Academy that won the National Headliners award and was published in major magazines and newspapers throughout the world.

In 1994 he received "Newspaper Photographer of the Year" by the National Press Photographers Association for a portfolio that included projects in Russia and a "behind-the Scenes" look at the New York fashion shows. Perkins has covered many of the major events that occurred over the last twenty years including Russia since 1988, the war in Bosnia, the Palestinian uprising in the West Bank, and the Gulf War. He has also covered may of the daily and political events in Washington, D.C. and the U.S..