The 2006 Pulitzer Prize Winners

Editorial Writing

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For distinguished editorial writing, the test of excellence being clearness of style, moral purpose, sound reasoning, and power to influence public opinion in what the writer conceives to be the right direction, in print or in print and online, Ten thousand dollars ($10,000).

Awarded to Rick Attig and Doug Bates of The Oregonian, Portland, for their persuasive, richly reported editorials on abuses inside a forgotten Oregon mental hospital.

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Columbia University President Lee C. Bollinger (left) presents Doug Bates (center) and Rick Attig with the 2006 Pulitzer Prize in Editorial Writing.

Finalists

Also nominated as finalists in this category were: the Editorial Board of The Birmingham (AL) News for their series of incisive editorials reversing the paper's long-held support of the death penalty, and B. Marie Harris, Tony Biffle and Stan Tiner of The Sun Herald, Biloxi-Gulfport, Mississippi, for their passionate editorials in the wake of Hurricane Katrina that empathized with victims while pleading for relief from the outside world.