The 2011 Pulitzer Prize Winners

Explanatory Reporting

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Mark Johnson, Kathleen Gallagher, Gary Porter, Lou Saldivar and Alison Sherwood

Mark Johnson is a reporter at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. He twice been part of reporting teams that were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize in explanatory reporting, in 2003 and 2006. He won two Inland Press Association awards, a Missouri Lifestyle Journalism Award and the 2009 Communications Award from the National Academy of Sciences. He was a finalist for the 2010 American Society of News Editors Award for non­deadline writing. He also has been a finalist for a Taylor Family Award for Fairness administered by the Nieman foundation and has received the top award for feature writing from the American Association of Sunday and Feature Editors. Johnson joined the Journal Sentinel in 2000. Previously he worked for the Provincetown (Mass.) Advocate, The Haverhill (Mass.) Gazette, the Rockford (111.) Register Star and The Providence (R.I.) Jour­nal. At the Journal Sentinel, he has traveled to Florida to cover the 2000 presidential ballot controversy, to New York to cover the Sept. 11 attacks and to Houston to cover the space shuttle Columbia disaster. He now cov­ers health and science.

Gary Porter has been a photojournalist with the Milwaukee Journal Senti­nel since 1984. He has worked on many award-winning stories, including the ground breaklng "Made in China" series that helped explain the rela­tionship between what Is happening economically and socially in China and the loss of jobs and business in Wisconsin. Porter also won an Over­sees Press Club award in photojournalism and a United Nations World Hunger Year Award, as well as a National Press Photographers Association award for his photographs from "Empty Cradles: The Global Tragedy of Child Mortality," for which he photographed in India, Nepal and Bangla­desh. Porter has also been chosen as the Wisconsin News Photographer of the Year five times while he has been at the Journal Sentinel. Other recent major stories include the last Hmong migration from Thailand to the United States, chronic wasting disease and foot-and-mouth disease in the U.K. Porter attended the University of Wisconsin System and studied photogra­phy at Ryerson University in Toronto.

Kathleen Gallagher is a business reporter at the Milwaukee Jour­nal Sentinel. She won a first-place award for explanatory report­ing in the 2006 Inland Press Association contest. Gallagher has a graduate degree in English from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She was a communications consultant at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and a writing instructor at the American Institute of Banking in Chicago before joining the Milwaukee Sen­tinel in 1993. At the Journal Sentinel, Gallagher has investigated the operator of a multistate cattle Ponzi scheme, traveled by he­licopter with professional investors to visit oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico and looked into microscopes at a Madison, Wis., company that sells stem cell-derived heart cells to pharmaceutical compa­nies. Gallagher now covers investments and Wisconsin's life sci­ences and other emerging, high-growth industries.

Lou Saldivar is a visual journalist and graphics editor for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. He has won awards from the Society for News Design and the Milwaukee Press Club. He contributed graphics to stories that were rec­ognized with Pulitzer Prizes in 2008 and 2010, Saldivar holds a master's of fine arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Alison Sherwood is a multimedia producer and blogger for the Milwaukee Journa1 Sentinel. She has received a Milwaukee Press Club award for mul­timedia storytelling as well as awards from the American Association of Sunday and Features Editors and the Association of Food Journalists for her blog, Post-College Kitchen. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and is a member of Kappa Tau Alpha National
Honor Society, Omicron Delta Kappa national leadership honor society and Zeta Tau Alpha fraternity.