The 2007 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, in print or in print and online, Ten thousand dollars ($10,000).

Awarded to Kenneth R. Weiss, Usha Lee McFarling, reporters, and Rick Loomis, photographer, of the Los Angeles Times for their richly portrayed reports on the world's distressed oceans, telling the story in print and online, and stirring reaction among readers and officials.

Los Angeles Times

Columbia University President Lee C. Bollinger (left) presents Kenneth R. Weiss, Usha Lee McFarling and Rick Loomis with the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in Explanatory Reporting.


Also nominated as finalists in this category were: Joanne Kimberlin and Bill Sizemore of The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, for their provocative examination of the United States' increasing reliance on private military personnel, and The New York Times staff for its multi-faceted explanation of the growing menace of diabetes, especially among the poor and vulnerable, that elicited a range of public and private responses.