The 2008 Pulitzer Prize Winners

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Amy Harmon

Amy Harmon is a domestic correspondent covering the impact of the genetic revolution on American life. Her ongoing series, "The DNA Age," explores the benefits and burdens of genetic information as it filters out of scientific laboratories into everyday life.

Ms. Harmon joined The Times in 1997 as a technology correspondent first at the Los Angeles bureau and later in New York City. In this role, she covered the rise of internet file swapping and its disruptive effect on the music industry, as well as topics ranging from online dating to camera phones and their privacy implications. In 2004, she became a feature writer focusing on science and health. She wrote about adults who have been socially awkward all their lives, realizing that they have a recently-recognized form of autism; and about far-flung offspring of individual sperm donors who are finding each other through online registries, among other subjects.

From 1990 to 1997, Ms. Harmon was a reporter at The Los Angeles Times. While there, she covered the auto industry from the paper's Detroit bureau and then moved to Los Angeles, where she wrote about the emerging role of digital technology in business and culture.

In 2001, Ms. Harmon wrote an article for The Times about a black Internet entrepreneur and his white partner, which was part of a series on race relations which won a Pulitzer Prize. In 2007, she won the Newswomen's Club Front Page Award for science reporting.

Ms. Harmon was born in New York City on Sept. 17, 1968. She received a B.A. in American Studies from the University of Michigan in 1990. She began her career in journalism as the Opinion page editor of The Michigan Daily, the university's student newspaper.