The 1996 Pulitzer Prize Winners

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Alix Freedman

Alix Freedman is a senior special writer in the New York bureau of The Wall Street Journal. She does investigative reporting for the paper.

Ms. Freedman joined the Philadelphia bureau of the Journal as a reporter in June 1984. She moved to the New York bureau in 1987, covering the food and tobacco industry and was promoted to senior special writer in July 1991. From November 1979 to December 1982, Ms. Freedman worked as a news assistant for The New York Times. In January 1983, she become a staff reporter for Business Week magazine.

In 1993 Ms. Freedman won a Gerald Loeb Award in the large newspaper category for her front-page article "Fire Power," an examination of how a secretive Southern California family dominates the market for low-priced handguns frequently used in crimes. She was a 1994 Gerald Loeb finalist in the large newspaper category for her investigative article "Peddling Dreams," which examined the economics of the rent-to-own industry and its effects on America's poor. In 1993 she and Journal reporter Laurie Cohen received the Front Page Award for specialized writing from the Newswomen's Club of New York for their article, "Smoke and Mirrors: How Cigarette Makers Keep Health Question 'Open' Year After Year." In 1996 she won a Pulitzer Prize in the national affairs category for her ongoing coverage of the tobacco industry.

Ms. Freedman is a graduate of Harvard University with a bachelor's degree in history and literature. She lives in New York City.