1987 Finalists

Letters, Drama, and Music

Paradise by Donald Barthelme (G.P. Putnam's Sons)

Whites by Norman Rush (Alfred A. Knopf)
A Walk in the Woods by Lee Blessing

Broadway Bound by Neil Simon
Eisenhower: At War, 1943-1945 by David Eisenhower (Random House)

Bearing the Cross: Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference by David J. Garrow (William Morrow)
Biography or Autobiography
Dostoevsky: The Stir of Liberation, 1860-1865 by Joseph Frank (Princeton University Press)

The Life and Times of Congressman John Quincy Adams by Leonard L. Richards (Oxford University Press)

Murrow: His Life and Times by A.M. Sperber (Freundlich Books)
The Selected Poetry of Hayden Carruth by Hayden Carruth (Macmillan)

Unending Blues by Charles Simic (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich)
General Nonfiction
Rain or Shine: A Family Memoir by Cyra McFadden (Alfred A. Knopf)

Rising from the Plains by John McPhee (Farrar)
Flower of the Mountain by Stephen Albert
Premiered on May 17, 1986, at the 92nd Street Y in New York City by the Y Chamber Orchestra.


Public Service
El Paso Herald-Post
For its "Year of the Printed Word," an intensive local effort to promote literacy through reporting and organizing community events.

Fort Lauderdale News and Sun-Sentinel
For an investigation led by Fred Schulte, which exposed serious medical mishaps, including heart surgery deaths, at the nation's Veterans Administration hospitals and prompted remedial government action.
General News Reporting
John Woestendiek of The Philadelphia Inquirer
For outstanding prison beat reporting, which included proving the innocence of a man convicted of murder.

Staff of Orange County (CA) Register
For its comprehensive coverage of the Cerritos air disaster, a midair collision of a jetliner and a private plane on August 31, 1986.
Investigative Reporting
Terrence Poppa of El Paso Herald-Post
For his resourceful investigation of the dealings of Mexican drug lords.

Gary Marx and John Wark of Orlando (FL) Sentinel
For their four-part series, which documented the misuse of funds by the Shrine of North America, the nation's richest charity, and spurred subsequent investigations in six states.
Explanatory Journalism
Leon Dash of The Washington Post
For his six-part series on teen-age pregnancy, which examined in compelling detail the complex realities behind a national problem.

Georgia Tasker of The Miami Herald
For her special report on the vanishing rain forest, which detailed the rapid destruction of one of the earth's oldest and most fragile ecosystems.
Specialized Reporting
Angelo Cataldi of The Philadelphia Inquirer
For articles that profiled the Philadelphia Eagles football team's 1986 season under new head coach Buddy Ryan.

Irene Wielawski of The Providence Journal-Bulletin
For medical reporting that consistently examined the human side of complex health care issues.
National Reporting
Bob Woodward of The Washington Post
For articles that consistently exposed covert government operations in the Reagan Administration.
International Reporting
Phil Bronstein of San Francisco Examiner
For his vivid and detailed coverage of the fall of the Marcos regime in the Philippines.

Mark Patinkin of The Providence Journal-Bulletin
For his skillful coverage of religious strife in Northern Ireland, India and Lebanon.
Feature Writing
Michael Connelly, Robert McClure and Malinda Reink of Fort Lauderdale (FL) News and Sun-Sentinel
For "Into the Storm--the Story of Flight 191," a sensitive reconstruction of an airplane crash.

Barry Bearak of Los Angeles Times
For three gracefully written stories dealing respectively with a prison lawsuit, a family murder and an aging stand-up comic.

Alex S. Jones of The New York Times
For "The Fall of the House of Bingham," a skillful and sensitive report of a powerful newspaper family's bickering and how it led to the sale of a famed media empire.
Richard Cohen of The Washington Post Writers Group
For his eloquent columns on social and political issues.

Donald Kaul of The Cedar Rapids (Iowa) Gazette
For his compelling commentary on national events.
Frank Rich of The New York Times
For his theater criticism.

Andrew Sarris of The Village Voice
For his film criticism.
Editorial Writing
Bernard L. Stein of The Riverdale Press
For his editorials on various campaign issues affecting the Bronx, N.Y. community.

Daniel P. Henninger of The Wall Street Journal
For his editorials on medical and ethical issues, which helped inspire changes in FDA drug approval procedures.
Editorial Cartooning
Jeff Danziger of The Christian Science Monitor

David Horsey of The Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Henry Payne of Scripps Howard News Service
Spot News Photography
Bernie Boston of Los Angeles Times
For his photograph of Coretta Scott King at the unveiling of a bronze bust of her late husband in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda.

Michael R. Brown and Malcolm A. Denemark of Florida Today
For their photographs of the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger.
Feature Photography
Cheryl Nuss of San Jose (CA) Mercury News
For her photographs of AIDS victims.

April Saul-Zerby of The Philadelphia Inquirer
For her sensitive photographs of a Cambodian refugee child whose mother died of cancer.