The 2001 Pulitzer Prize Winners

Investigative Reporting

Current tab: biography

David Willman


  • Los Angeles Times, staff writer assigned to investigative team, Washington, D.C. bureau, 1995-;
  • Metro projects team, 1992-1994; financial writer, 1992; investigative reporter, Orange County Edition, 1990-1992.
  • San Jose Mercury News, reporter, Washington, D.C. bureau, 1986-1990; reporter in Sacramento bureau, 1984-86; reporter, Metro section, 1983-84.
  • Pasadena Star News (CA), reporter, 1978-83.


  • San Jose State University, San Jose, CA, B.A., Journalism, 1978.


  • Born: October 18, 1956, Pasadena, CA.


  • National Press Club Consumer Journalism Award, 1999.
  • Investigative Reporters and Editors medal award, for articles concerning the drug Rezulin, 1999; for presidential campaign-finance articles, 1997.
  • George Polk Award, Long Island University, for articles with colleagues illuminating improper financing of the presidential campaign, 1997.
  • American Association of Engineering Societies, winner of annual Engineering Foundation award for "Defective Welds: Structures at Risk," 1997.
  • Pulitzer Prize for local reporting of spot news (team coverage), presented to staff of The Times for coverage of the Northridge earthquake, 1994, general news reporting (team coverage), presented to San Jose Mercury News staff for coverage of Loma Prieta earthquake, 1990.
  • Associated Press News Executive Council, second place in public service for "Safety and Budget Woes Plague L.A.'s Subways," 1994.
  • Los Angeles Times Editorial Award for best beat coverage, 1994. Presented for articles on Metropolitan Transportation Authority and construction of the metro rail system.
  • Greater Los Angeles Press Club, best coverage of continuing story, for articles illuminating construction of metro rail, 1993.
  • Orange County Press Club, "Watchdog" award, for examination of local parkland shortage and, separately, dangers of certain development bonds. Recipient in 1992 and 1993.
  • Associated Press national investigative reporting in sports, runner-up award, for exposing conflict of interest in state government's regulation of horse racing, 1983.