The 2003 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, Seven thousand five hundred dollars ($7,500).

Awarded to The Wall Street Journal Staff for its clear, concise and comprehensive stories that illuminated the roots, significance and impact of corporate scandals in America. (Moved by the jury from the Public Service category.)

Columbia University President Lee C. Bollinger (left) presents Daniel Hertzberg, Geeta Anand, Mike Miller and David Wessel of The Wall Street Journal with the 2003 Pulitzer Prize in Explanatory Reporting.


Also nominated as finalists in this category were: Jim Haner, John B. O'Donnell and Kimberly A.C. Wilson of The Baltimore Sun for "Justice Undone," their in-depth examination of the city's disturbingly low conviction rate in murder cases, and The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Staff for its painstaking explanation of chronic-wasting disease among deer in Wisconsin, and the impact of the affliction on the state's citizens, communities and culture.