The 1997 Pulitzer Prize Winners

Explanatory Journalism

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For a distinguished example of explanatory journalism that illuminates significant and complex issues, Five thousand dollars ($5,000).

Awarded to Michael Vitez, reporter, and April Saul and Ron Cortes, photographers, of The Philadelphia Inquirer for a series on the choices that confronted critically-ill patients who sought to die with dignity.

Columbia University President, George Rupp (left), presents April Saul, Michael Vitez and Ron Cortes with the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Journalism.


Also nominated as finalists in this category were: John Crewdson of the Chicago Tribune for a series of reports that illustrated through dramatic examples the need for training of personnel and installation of special equipment by U.S. airlines to cope with medical emergencies in the air, and Gregory Kane and Gilbert Lewthwaite of The Baltimore Sun for their portrait of the complex practices of slavery in the Sudan.