The 2005 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, Ten thousand dollars ($10,000).

Awarded to Gareth Cook of The Boston Globe for explaining, with clarity and humanity, the complex scientific and ethical dimensions of stem cell research.


Columbia University President Lee C. Bollinger (left) presents Gareth Cook with the 2005 Pulitzer Prize in Explanatory Reporting.


Also nominated as finalists in this category were: William J. Broad and David E. Sanger of The New York Times for their aggressive reporting and lucid writing that cast light on the shadowy process of nuclear proliferation, and the Staff of Newsday, Long Island, NY, for its serious, energetic and substantive series examining three decades of hip-hop music in American life.