The 1999 Pulitzer Prize Winners

Explanatory Reporting

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For a distinguished example of explanatory reporting that illuminates a significant and complex subject, demonstrating mastery of the subject, lucid writing and clear presentation, Five thousand dollars ($5,000).

Awarded to Richard Read of The Oregonian, Portland, for vividly illustrating the domestic impact of the Asian economic crisis by profiling the local industry that exports frozen french fries.


Columbia University Provost Jonathan R. Cole (right) presents Richard Read with the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting.


Also nominated as finalists in this category were: Tom Brune of The Seattle Times for his revealing analysis of the Washington state initiative on affirmative action that challenged accepted notions about practices that had been in place for three decades, and William Carlsen and Reynolds Holding of the San Francisco Chronicle for their compelling series chronicling the epidemic of health risks associated with the reckless use of unsafe hypodermic needles.