- The Washington Times - Monday, April 4, 2005

From combined dispatches

The Los Angeles Times won two Pulitzer Prizes yesterday, including the public service award for exposing deadly medical problems and racial injustice at an inner-city hospital.

The Wall Street Journal also won two, including one for stories about the plight of cancer survivors.

The Journal’s Amy Dockser Marcus wrote “masterful” stories about patients, families and physicians that illuminated the often unseen world of cancer survivors,” the judges said. The paper’s other award went to Joe Morgenstern for movie reviews.

The Pulitzer for fiction went to Marilynne Robinson for “Gilead,” her poetic, modern-day tale of a dying Iowa preacher. Her first novel, “Housekeeping,” also was nominated for a Pulitzer in 1980.

“It’s such a private thing to write a book, and when I’m writing, I can’t think about whether it will appeal to other people,” said Miss Robinson, a teacher at the University of Iowa’s Writers’ Workshop. “But it’s such a profound treat that people do find it meaningful.”

“Doubt,” the first Broadway play by the Oscar-winning writer of “Moonstruck,” John Patrick Shanley, won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for drama.

Mr. Shanley’s play opened on Broadway just last week to critical acclaim after an off-Broadway run. It tells the story of a confrontation between a nun and a Roman Catholic priest at a Bronx parish. She suspects the priest of molesting a male student.

Nigel Jaquiss of the Willamette Week of Portland, Ore., won for investigative reporting for revealing former Oregon Gov. Neil Goldschmidt’s sexual misconduct with a 14-year-old girl when he was mayor of Portland in the 1970s.

“I never thought it would happen to me,” Mr. Jaquiss told his colleagues at the alternative weekly.

Two prizes were awarded for international reporting: Kim Murphy of the Los Angeles Times for her reporting from Russia and Newsday’s Dele Olojede for his look at Rwanda’s civil war.

The other 2005 Pulitzer Prize winners in Journalism and Letters, Drama and Music announced yesterday at New York’s Columbia University were:

• Breaking-news reporting: the Star-Ledger of Newark, N.J., for its coverage of the resignation of former Gov. James E. McGreevey.

• Explanatory journalism: the Boston Globe’s Gareth Cook for his look at stem-cell research.

• National reporting: Walt Bogdanich of the New York Times for stories about the corporate cover-up of responsibility for fatal accidents at railroad crossings.

• Feature writing: Julia Keller of the Chicago Tribune for coverage of a deadly tornado.

• Commentary: Connie Schultz of the Plain Dealer of Cleveland

• Editorial writing: Tom Philp of the Sacramento (Calif.) Bee

• Editorial cartooning: Nick Anderson of the Courier-Journal, Louisville, Ky.

• Breaking-news photography: Associated Press staff for its coverage of Iraq.

• Feature photography: Deanne Fitzmaurice of the San Francisco Chronicle

• History: “Washington’s Crossing” by David Hackett Fischer (Oxford University Press)

• Biography: “de Kooning: An American Master” by Mark Stevens and Annalyn Swan (Alfred A. Knopf)

• Poetry: “Delights & Shadows” by Ted Kooser (Copper Canyon Press)

• General nonfiction: “Ghost Wars” by Steve Coll, associate editor, The Washington Post (the Penguin Press)

• “Second Concerto for Orchestra” by Steven Stucky (Theodore Presser Co.)

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