The 2012 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, using any available journalistic tool, Ten thousand dollars ($10,000).

Awarded to David Kocieniewski of The New York Times for his lucid series that penetrated a legal thicket to explain how the nation’s wealthiest citizens and corporations often exploited loopholes and avoided taxes.

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David Kocieniewski


Gregory Moore (left), co-chair of The Pulitzer Prize Board, presents the 2012 Explanatory Reporting Prize to David Kocieniewski of The New York Times.

Finalists

Also nominated as finalists in this category were: Tom Frank of USA Today for his sharply focused exploration of inflated pensions for state and local employees, enhancing stories with graphic material to show how state legislators pump up retirement benefits in creative but unconscionable ways; and The Wall Street Journal Staff for its tenacious exploration of how personal information is harvested from the cellphones and computers of unsuspecting Americans by corporations and public officials in a largely unmonitored realm of modern life.