June 10, 2021

The 2021 Pulitzer Prizes will be announced Friday at 1 p.m. We thought we’d look back 20 years at the 2001 Pulitzer Prizes for journalism.

The award-winning work is posted on the Pulitzer website. Take a look at the remarkable journalism honored that year:

Public Service

The Oregonian, Portland
“Awarded to The Oregonian, Portland, for its detailed and unflinching examination of systematic problems within the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, including harsh treatment of foreign nationals and other widespread abuses, which prompted various reforms.”

Breaking News Reporting

Staff of The Miami Herald
“Awarded to the Miami Herald Staff for its balanced and gripping on-the-scene coverage of the pre-dawn raid by federal agents that took the Cuban boy Elian Gonzalez from his Miami relatives and reunited him with his Cuban father.”

Investigative Reporting

David Willman of Los Angeles Times
“Awarded to David Willman of Los Angeles Times for his pioneering exposé of seven unsafe prescription drugs that had been approved by the Food and Drug Administration, and an analysis of the policy reforms that had reduced the agency’s effectiveness.”

Explanatory Reporting

Staff of Chicago Tribune
“Awarded to the Chicago Tribune Staff for ‘Gateway to Gridlock,’ its clear and compelling profile of the chaotic American air traffic system.”

Beat Reporting

David Cay Johnston of The New York Times
“Awarded to David Cay Johnston of The New York Times for his penetrating and enterprising reporting that exposed loopholes and inequities in the U.S. tax code, which was instrumental in bringing about reforms.”

National Reporting

Staff of The New York Times
“Awarded to The New York Times Staff for its compelling and memorable series exploring racial experiences and attitudes across contemporary America.”

International Reporting

Ian Johnson of The Wall Street Journal
“Awarded to Ian Johnson of The Wall Street Journal for his revealing stories from China about victims of the government’s often brutal suppression of the Falun Gong movement and the implications of that campaign for the future.”

Paul Salopek of Chicago Tribune
“Awarded to Paul Salopek of Chicago Tribune for his reporting on the political strife and disease epidemics ravaging Africa, witnessed firsthand as he traveled, sometimes by canoe, through rebel-controlled regions of the Congo.”

Feature Writing

Tom Hallman Jr. of The Oregonian, Portland
“Awarded to Tom Hallman Jr. of The Oregonian, Portland, for his poignant profile of a disfigured 14-year old boy who elects to have life-threatening surgery in an effort to improve his appearance.”


Dorothy Rabinowitz of The Wall Street Journal
“Awarded to Dorothy Rabinowitz of The Wall Street Journal for her articles on American society and culture.”


Gail Caldwell of The Boston Globe
“Awarded to Gail Caldwell of The Boston Globe for her insightful observations on contemporary life and literature.”

Editorial Writing

David Moats of Rutland (Vermont) Herald
“Awarded to David Moats of Rutland (VT) Herald for his even-handed and influential series of editorials commenting on the divisive issues arising from civil unions for same-sex couples.”

Editorial Cartooning

Ann Telnaes of Tribune Media Services
The award is given “for a distinguished cartoon or portfolio of cartoons published during the year, characterized by originality, editorial effectiveness, quality of drawing and pictorial effect.”

Breaking News Photography

Alan Diaz of The Associated Press
“Awarded to Alan Diaz of Associated Press for his photograph of armed U.S. federal agents seizing the Cuban boy Elián Gonzalez from his relatives’ Miami home.”

Feature Photography

Matt Rainey of The Star-Ledger, Newark, New Jersey
“Awarded to Matt Rainey of The Star-Ledger, Newark, New Jersey, for his emotional photographs that illustrate the care and recovery of two students critically burned in a dormitory fire at Seton Hall University.”

Here is an AP story excerpt about the 2001 Pulitzer winners:

“Four newspapers claimed double victories in the Pulitzer Prize competition, and an author won his second award for the same biography.

The 2001 prizes, announced Monday by Columbia University, also saw a pair of winners honored for a single event: the day federal agents seized Elian Gonzalez.

The breaking news award went to The Miami Herald for deadline coverage of the seizure and the breaking news photography prize went to Alan Diaz, of The Associated Press, for his dramatic photo of a rifle-toting agent taking custody of the child.

‘It’s awesome — I can’t believe it,’ said Diaz as he celebrated in the AP’s Miami bureau.

The double winners this year were the Chicago Tribune, The New York Times, The Oregonian of Portland and The Wall Street Journal.

The Oregonian won the public service Pulitzer for a study that found the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service was detaining people without access to lawyers.”

A version of this story was originally published on April 16, 2015.

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