The 1997 Pulitzer Prize Winners

Public Service

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For a distinguished example of meritorious public service by a newspaper through the use of its journalistic resources, which may include editorials, cartoons, and photographs, as well as reporting, a gold medal.

Awarded to The Times-Picayune, New Orleans, for its comprehensive series analyzing the conditions that threaten the world's supply of fish.

Columbia University President, George Rupp (left), presents Jim Amoss, editor of The Times-Picayune, with the 1997 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.


Also nominated as finalists in this category were: the Los Angeles Times for its probe of murder cases in Los Angeles County, which revealed inefficiency and mismanagement in the justice system, and The Philadelphia Inquirer for a series by Donald L. Barlett and James B. Steele chronicling the widening gap between the affluent and the poor at a time when Americans are being told that the economy is more prosperous than ever.