The 2001 Pulitzer Prize Winners

Beat Reporting

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For a distinguished example of beat reporting characterized by sustained and knowledgeable coverage of a particular subject or activity, Seven thousand five hundred dollars ($7,500).

Awarded to David Cay Johnston of The New York Times for his penetrating and enterprising reporting that exposed loopholes and inequities in the U.S. tax code, which was instrumental in bringing about reforms.


Columbia University President George Rupp (left) presents David Cay Johnston with the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Beat Reporting.


Also nominated as finalists in this category were: Virginia Ellis of the Los Angeles Times for her persistent reporting that exposed extensive financial improprieties by a state insurance commissioner, who later resigned, and Rebecca Smith of The Wall Street Journal for her prescient and knowledgeable reporting on the electricity shortage faced by the U.S., and the country's failed efforts to deregulate energy.