The 1997 Pulitzer Prize Winners

Investigative Reporting

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Eric Nalder, Deborah Nelson and Alex Tizon

Eric Nalder is chief investigative reporter at The Seattle Times.

Among some 50 journalism awards, he shared a 1990 Pulitzer Prize for a series of stories about oil tankers and a 1993 Investigative Reporters and Editors award for an expose on a U.S. senator. That expose was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in the Public Service category. His book Tankers Full of Trouble won the 1995 Investigative Reporters and Editors book award.

He has been with The Times for 14 years and has worked as a reporter for 25 years. He was employed previously at the Seattle Post-lntelligencer and Everett Herald.

He has a journalism degree from the University of Washington, has a grown daughter and lives in Seattle with his wife.


Deborah Nelson has been a member of The Seattle Times investigative team since 1995.

She was an investigative reporter at the Chicago Sun-Times from 1985-1995. Prior to that, she worked as a staff reporter for the Daily Herald in suburban Chicago and for the Daily Chronicle in rural Illinois.

Her work has earned more than two dozen first-place honors in national, regional and local contests. She is chair and past president of Investigative Reporters and Editors, a national educational organization for journalists. I.R.E. received the John Peter and Catherine Zenger Award for its efforts on behalf of press freedom in 1995 during her tenure as president.

She has a B.S. in journalism from Northern Illinois University and a law degree from DePaul University in Chicago. She lives in Seattle with ther husband and two daughters.


Alex Tizon is a special projects writer for The Seattle Times, where he has worked for the past ten years. He has been a news and features reporter, as well as a staff writer for Pacific, The Times' Sunday magazine. He has done freelance work for CBS News and Newsweek magazine and has been published in numerous literary journals, including a literary anthology (Choosing to Emerge) published by HarperCollins in 1993.

The Times nominated him for a Pulitzer Prize in 1990 for his coverage of youth gangs and street subcultures. His work on diversity issues has been widely recognized. Last year, he was the lead writer in a series that won the Penney-Missouri Multicultural Journalism Award.

He has a bachelors degree from the University of Oregon and a master's degree from Stanford University. He lives in Seattle with his daughter.