The 2000 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, as well as reporting, may include editorials, cartoons, photographs, graphics and online presentation, a gold medal.

Awarded to The Washington Post, notably for the work of Katherine Boo, that disclosed wretched neglect and abuse in the city’s group homes for the mentally retarded, which forced officials to acknowledge the conditions and begin reforms.

Columbia University President George Rupp (left) presents Katherine Boo and Leonard Downie, Jr., of The Washington Post, with the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.


Also nominated as finalists in this category were: Chicago Tribune for its extensive investigation of the failures of the legal justice system, documenting misconduct by prosecutors and inequities in death penalty cases, which led the governor of Illinois to suspend state executions, and The Philadelphia Inquirer for an investigative series, including an innovative presentation on its Web site, by Mark Fazlollah, Craig R. McCoy, Michael Matza and Clea Benson, that revealed how Philadelphia police had routinely minimized and did not investigate many sexual assault claims, leading to reform of the system.