The 2001 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, Seven thousand five hundred dollars ($7,500).

Awarded to David Willman of Los Angeles Times for his pioneering exposé of seven unsafe prescription drugs that had been approved by the Food and Drug Administration, and an analysis of the policy reforms that had reduced the agency's effectiveness.


Columbia University President George Rupp (left) presents David Willman with the 2001 Pulitzer Prize in Investigative Reporting.


Also nominated as finalists in this category were: Mike McIntire and Jack Dolan of The Hartford Courant for their persistent reporting that dispelled, locally and nationally, the secrecy cloaking the mistakes of practicing doctors who have been subjected to disciplinary actions or compelled to make malpractice payments, and Fredric N. Tulsky of the San Jose Mercury News for his illuminating reporting on the arbitrary and inconsistent administration of the federal system that grants political asylum to refugees entering the U.S.