The 2003 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 Boston Globe for its courageous, comprehensive coverage of sexual abuse by priests, an effort that pierced secrecy, stirred local, national and international reaction and produced changes in the Roman Catholic Church.


Columbia University President Lee C. Bollinger (left) presents Walter Robinson of The Boston Globe with the 2003 Pulitzer Prize in Public Service.


Also nominated as finalists in this category were: The Detroit News for the work of Norman Sinclair, Ronald Hansen and Melvin Claxton that revealed dangerous defects and spurred changes in a criminal justice system that allowed lawbreakers to get away with everything from petty theft to murder, and The Pensacola News Journal for its uncommon courage in publishing stories that exposed a culture of corruption in Escambia County, Florida, and resulted in the indictment of four of five county commissioners.