The 2007 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 material, a gold medal.

Awarded to The Wall Street Journal for its creative and comprehensive probe into backdated stock options for business executives that triggered investigations, the ouster of top officials and widespread change in corporate America.

The Wall Street Journal

Columbia University President Lee C. Bollinger (left) presents Mark Maremont, Charles Forelle, James Bandler, Steve Stecklow and Gary Putka of the The Wall Street Journal, with the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.


Also nominated as finalists in this category were: The Birmingham News (AL) for the work of Brett Blackledge that exposed cronyism and corruption in the state's two-year college system, resulting in the dismissal of the chancellor and other corrective action (Moved by the Board to the Investigative Reporting category), and The Washington Post for its extensive examination of waste and abuse in the nation's farm subsidy system, prodding Congress to address the need for fundamental reform.