2000 Finalists

Letters, Drama, and Music

Close Range: Wyoming Stories by Annie Proulx (Scribner)

Waiting by Ha Jin (Pantheon Books)
King Hedley II by August Wilson

In the Blood by Suzan-Lori Parks
Into the American Woods: Negotiators on the Pennsylvania Frontier by James H. Merrell (W.W. Norton)

The Cousins' Wars: Religion, Politics and the Triumph of Anglo-America by Kevin Phillips (Basic Books)
Biography or Autobiography
Clear Springs: A Memoir by Bobbie Ann Mason (Random House)

Galileo's Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith, and Love by Dava Sobel (Walker & Company)
Elegy for the Southern Drawl by Rodney Jones (Houghton Mifflin)

Midnight Salvage: Poems 1995-1998 by Adrienne Rich (W.W. Norton)
General Nonfiction
The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions and the Quest forthe Ultimate Theory by Brian Greene (W.W. Norton)

Living on the Wind: Across the Hemisphere with Migratory Birds by Scott Weidensaul (North Point Press/Farrar)
Serenata Concertante by Donald Martino
Premiered on April 19, 1999 at Merkin Concert Hall, New York City

contes de fees by John Zorn
Premiered on February 17, 2000 at the Society for Ethical Culture, New York City


Public Service
Chicago Tribune
For its extensive investigation of the failures of the legal justice system, documenting misconduct by prosecutors and inequities in death penalty cases, which led the governor of Illinois to suspend state executions.

The Philadelphia Inquirer
For an investigative series, including an innovative presentation on its Web site, by Mark Fazlollah, Craig McCoy, Michael Matza and Clea Benson that revealed how Philadelphia police had routinely minimized and did not investigate many sexual assault claims, leading to reform of the system.
Breaking News Reporting
Staff of The Oregonian
For its comprehensive coverage of an environmental disaster created when a cargo ship carrying heavy fuels ran aground and broke apart, and how fumbling efforts of official agencies failed to contain the far-reaching damage.

Staff of Raleigh (NC) News & Observer
For its comprehensive coverage of the destruction in the state caused by Hurricane Floyd.
Investigative Reporting
Kurt Eichenwald and Gina Kolata of The New York Times
For reporting that disclosed how pharmaceutical companies secretly paid doctors to test drugs on patients.

Sam Roe of The Blade, Toledo, OH
For a series of articles that cited a 50-year pattern of misconduct by the American government and the beryllium industry in the production of metal used in nuclear bombs, which resulted in death and injury to dozens of workers, leading to government investigations and safety reforms.
Explanatory Reporting
Brent Walth and Alex Pulaski of The Oregonian
For their series on how politics influences pesticide regulation.

Michael Winerip of The New York Times
For his profile of a mentally ill man who pushed a woman to her death before an onrushing subway train, a case used by the writer for a broad overview of deficiencies in the mental health care system.
Beat Reporting
Robert O'Harrow of The Washington Post
For his innovative stories on threats to personal privacy in the digital age.

David Cay Johnston of The New York Times
For his lucid coverage of problems resulting from the reorganization of the Internal Revenue Service.
National Reporting
Anne Hull of The St. Petersburg Times
For her quietly powerful stories of Mexican women who come to work in North Carolina crab shacks, in pursuit of a better life.

David Jackson and Cornelia Grumman of Chicago Tribune
For their series on the growing lucrative privatization of jails and foster programs for troubled youths.
International Reporting
Staff of Associated Press
For its skillful and courageous coverage of the Russian attack on Chechnya.

Staff of The Washington Post
For its compelling, in-depth coverage of the war in Kosovo.
Feature Writing
David Finkel of The Washington Post
For his moving account of a woman forced to choose between staying with her family in a Macedonian refugee camp, or leaving to marry a man in France.

Anne Hull of The St. Petersburg Times
For her quietly powerful stories of Mexican women who come to work in North Carolina crab shacks, in pursuit of a better life.
Michael Kelly of The Washington Post, Writers Group
For his enlightening and entertaining observations on cultural and political issues.

Colbert I. King of The Washington Post
For his caring, persuasive columns addressing social and urban problems.
Michael Kimmelman of The New York Times
For his gracefully-written observations on art and artists.

Andrew Sarris of The New York Observer
For his informed and enlightening film criticism.
Editorial Writing
Fred Hiatt of The Washington Post
For his authoritative editorials on the crisis in Kosovo.

Philip Kennicott of St. Louis Post-Dispatch
For his carefully reasoned editorial campaign against the passage of a proposition to legally allow Missouri residents to carry concealed weapons.
Editorial Cartooning
Robert Ariail of The State, Columbia, SC

Clay Bennett of The Christian Science Monitor
Breaking News Photography
Lacy Atkins of San Francisco Examiner
For her exuberant portrait of U.S. athlete Brandi Chastain after she scored the winning goal of the Women's World Cup Soccer Final.

Photo Staff of The Seattle Times
For its photos of the rioting that disrupted the annual conference of the World Trade Organization.
Feature Photography
Nuri Vallbona and Candace Barbot of The Miami Herald
For their photographs of Liberty City, a neighborhood crippled by drugs and violence, which detail the community's effort to reclaim the area.

Photo Staff of Worcester (MA) Telegram & Gazette
For its moving photographs of the grief and devastation that followed a local fire that killed six firefighters.