The 1997 Pulitzer Prize Winners

Editorial Writing

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For distinguished editorial writing, the test of excellence being clearness of style, moral purpose, sound reasoning, and power to influence public opinion in what the writer conceives to be the right direction, Five thousand dollars ($5,000).

Awarded to Michael Gartner of The Daily Tribune, Ames, Iowa, for his common sense editorials about issues deeply affecting the lives of people in his community.


Columbia University President, George Rupp (left), presents Michael Gartner with the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing.


Also nominated as finalists in this category were: Margaretta Downey of the Poughkeepsie (NY) Journal for her editorials pressing for a civic agenda of economic and educational renewal, and Peter Milius of The Washington Post for his editorials dissecting federal welfare reform legislation, directing attention to the problems of the poor and powerless.