The 2000 Pulitzer Prize Winners

Investigative Reporting

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For a distinguished example of investigative reporting by an individual or team, presented as a single article or series, Five thousand dollars ($5,000).

Awarded to Sang-Hun Choe, Charles J. Hanley and Martha Mendoza of Associated Press for revealing, with extensive documentation, the decades-old secret of how American soldiers early in the Korean War killed hundreds of Korean civilians in a massacre at the No Gun Ri Bridge.


Columbia University President George Rupp (center) presents Sang-Hun Choe (second from right), Charles J. Hanley (second from left), Martha Mendoza (left) and researcher Randy Herschaft (right) with The 2000 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting.


Also nominated as finalists in this category were: Kurt Eichenwald and Gina Kolata of The New York Times for reporting that disclosed how pharmaceutical companies secretly paid doctors to test drugs on patients, and Sam Roe of The Blade, Toledo, Ohio, for a series of articles that cited a 50-year pattern of misconduct by the American government and the beryllium industry in the production of metal used in nuclear bombs, which resulted in death and injury to dozens of workers, leading to government investigations and safety reforms.