The 1999 Pulitzer Prize Winners

Beat Reporting

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

Awarded to Chuck Philips and Michael A. Hiltzik of Los Angeles Times for their stories on corruption in the entertainment industry, including a charity sham sponsored by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, illegal detoxification programs for wealthy celebrities, and a resurgence of radio payola.


Columbia University Provost Jonathan R. Cole (left) presents Chuck Philips (center) and Michael Hiltzik (right) with the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for Beat Reporting.


Also nominated as finalists in this category were: Barton Gellman of The Washington Post for his penetrating coverage of the inner workings of the United Nations Special Commission as it sought to inspect and disarm Iraqi weapons, and Blair Kamin of the Chicago Tribune for his lucid coverage of city architecture, including an influential series supporting the development of Chicago's lakefront area. (Originally submitted in Criticism and returned by the Board to that category.)