The 2004 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, Ten thousand dollars ($10,000).

Awarded to Daniel Golden of The Wall Street Journal for his compelling and meticulously documented stories on admission preferences given to the children of alumni and donors at American universities.


Columbia University President Lee C. Bollinger (left) presents Daniel Golden with the 2004 Pulitzer Prize in Beat Reporting.


Also nominated as finalists in this category were: Ellen Barry of The Boston Globe for her fresh, thoroughly reported and powerfully written stories about neglected people with mental health problems in Massachusetts, and Barton Gellman of The Washington Post for his authoritative and provocative coverage of the search for forbidden weapons in Iraq.