The 1997 Pulitzer Prize Winners

Beat Reporting

Current tab: citation


For a distinguished example of beat reporting, Five thousand dollars ($5,000).

Awarded to Byron Acohido of The Seattle Times for his coverage of the aerospace industry, notably an exhaustive investigation of rudder control problems on the Boeing 737, which contributed to new FAA requirements for major improvements.

Columbia University President, George Rupp (left), presents Byron Acohido with the Pulitzer Prize for Beat Reporting.


Also nominated as finalists in this category were: Celia W. Dugger of The New York Times for her coverage of the plight of a young African woman who was jailed by U.S. immigration officials after she fled her homeland and its tribal rite of genital mutilation to seek asylum in this country, which prompted worldwide reaction, and Craig Flournoy of The Dallas Morning News for his coverage of low-income housing programs, including the disclosure that Dallas officials had misspent or failed to utilize millions of federal dollars allocated for impoverished areas.