1990 Pulitzer Prize

The following are the Pulitzer Prizes for 1990.

Two awards for Public Service were given in 1990. 1990 was also the last year that awards were given for General News Reporting and Specialized Reporting - these categories were changed to Spot News Reporting and Beat Reporting the following year.

Journalism awards

Public ServiceWashington Daily News (Washington, North Carolina)
The Philadelphia Inquirer
"For revealing that the city's water supply was contaminated with carcinogens, a problem that the local government had neither disclosed nor corrected over a period of eight years."
"For reporting by Gilbert M. Gaul that disclosed how the American blood industry operates with little government regulation or supervision."
General News ReportingStaff of the San Jose Mercury News"For its detailed coverage of the October 17, 1989, Bay Area earthquake and its aftermath."
Investigative ReportingLou Kilzer and Chris Ison of the Star Tribune (Minnesota)"For reporting that exposed a network of local citizens who had links to members of the St. Paul fire department and who profited from fires, including some described by the fire department itself as being of suspicious origin."
Explanatory JournalismDavid A. Vise and Steve Coll of The Washington Post"For stories scrutinizing the Securities and Exchange Commission and the way it has been affected by the policies of its former chairman, John Shad."
Specialized ReportingTamar Stieber of the Albuquerque Journal"For persistent reporting that linked a rare blood disorder to an over-the-counter dietary supplement, L-Tryptophan, and led to a national recall of the product."
National ReportingRoss Anderson, Bill Dietrich, Mary Ann Gwinn and Eric Nalder of The Seattle Times"For coverage of the Exxon Valdez oil spill and its aftermath."
International ReportingNicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn of The New York Times"For knowledgeable reporting from China on the mass movement for democracy and its subsequent suppression."
Feature WritingDave Curtin of the Colorado Springs Gazette Telegraph"For a gripping account of a family's struggle to recover after its members were severely burned in an explosion that devastated their home."
CommentaryJim Murray of The Los Angeles Times"For his sports columns."
CriticismAllan Temko of the San Francisco Chronicle"For his architectural criticism."
Editorial WritingThomas J. Hylton of The Mercury (Pennsylvania)"For his editorials about a local bond issue for the preservation of farmland and other open space in rural Pennsylvania."
Editorial CartooningTom Toles of The Buffalo News"For his work during the year as exemplified by the cartoon 'First Amendment.'"
Spot News PhotographyGreg Marinovich of the Associated Press"For a series of photographs of supporters of South Africa's African National Congress brutally murdering a man they believed to be a Zulu spy.
Feature PhotographyDavid Turnley of The Detroit Free Press"For photographs of the political uprisings in China and Eastern Europe."

Letters awards

Arts awards

Premiered by the Los Angeles Philharmonic on January 26, 1990.


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