The 2004 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 New York Times for the work of David Barstow and Lowell Bergman that relentlessly examined death and injury among American workers and exposed employers who break basic safety rules. (Moved by the Board from the Investigative Reporting category, where it was also entered.)


Columbia University President Lee C. Bollinger (left) presents Bill Keller of The New York Times, with the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service


Nominated as finalists in this category were: The Courier-Journal, Louisville, KY, for its vivid portrayal of how delays in the state's criminal justice system harmed victims and defendants alike, a project that spurred remedial action; The Providence Journal for its comprehensive coverage of the causes and consequences of a nightclub fire that killed 100 people and spread anguish across America's smallest state; and The Seattle Times for the work of Christine Willmsen and Maureen O'Hagan that revealed sexual misconduct by male coaches who preyed on female students and escaped discipline or prosecution.