- The Washington Times - Monday, April 16, 2007

NEW YORK (AP) — Ornette Coleman won the Pulitzer Prize for music yesterday for his 2006 album, “Sound Grammar,” the first jazz work to be bestowed with the honor.

The alto saxophonist and visionary who led the free jazz movement in the 1950s and 1960s, won the Pulitzer at age 77 for his first live recording in 20 years. The only other jazz artist to win a Pulitzer is Wynton Marsalis, who won in 1997 for his classical piece, “Blood on the Fields.”

“I’m grateful to know that America is really a fantastic country,” said the jazz legend, who grew up poor in a largely segregated Fort Worth, Texas.

The Wall Street Journal won two prizes, including the public-service award for its coverage of the stock-options scandal that rattled corporate America in 2006.

Columbia University’s 18-member Pulitzer board cited the Journal’s “creative and comprehensive probe into backdated stock options of business executives that triggered investigations, the ouster of top officials and widespread change in corporate America.”

In the feature photography category, Renee C. Byer of the Sacramento Bee in California won for her portrayal of a single mother and her young son as he loses his battle with cancer. Mary F. Calvert of The Washington Times, one of three finalists, was cited for her “haunting depiction of sub-Sahara African women afflicted with fistula after childbirth.”

• The prize for general nonfiction was awarded to Lawrence Wright for “The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11,” a penetrating analysis of how Islamic fundamentalism has reshaped the world.

• Cormac McCarthy won for fiction for his sparse, apocalyptic novel, “The Road.”

• Gene Roberts and Hank Klibanoff won the Pulitzer Prize for history for “The Race Beat: The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle, and the Awakening of a Nation.” The book traces how the civil rights struggle was covered by the press, breaking down prejudices within journalism and in American society.

• The Wall Street Journal, the only multiple winner this year, also won in international reporting for its coverage of how capitalism is emerging in China.

• The Associated Press captured one for breaking news photography for a picture of a Jewish woman defying Israeli security forces in the West Bank.

• The staff of the Portland Oregonian won for breaking news for its reporting on a California family that disappeared in the mountains during a blizzard.

• Kenneth R. Weiss, Usha Lee McFarling and Rick Loomis of the Los Angeles Times won for explanatory reporting for their reports on the world’s distressed oceans.

• Brett Blackledge of the Birmingham News in Alabama won for investigative reporting for his exposure of cronyism and corruption in the state’s two-year college system.

• Charlie Savage of the Boston Globe won for national reporting for his revelations that President Bush often used “signing statements” to assert his controversial right to bypass provisions of new laws.

• Debbie Cenziper of the Miami Herald was honored for local reporting for reports on waste, favoritism and lack of oversight at the Miami housing agency.

• Andrea Elliott of the New York Times won for feature writing for coverage of an immigrant imam striving to serve his faithful in America.

• The Daily News of New York was honored for editorial writing for its editorials on behalf of ground zero workers.

• Cynthia Tucker of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution won for commentary.

• Newsday’s Walt Handelsman was honored for editorial cartooning.

• Debby Applegate won for biography for “The Most Famous Man in America: The Biography of Henry Ward Beecher,” the 19th-century abolitionist and preacher.

“It took me about 20 years to write this book from the time I stumbled upon Beecher’s work and thought I’d write a college seminar paper on him,” said Mrs. Applegate, 39, who studied at Amherst College as an undergraduate.

• David Lindsay-Abaire won the drama prize for “Rabbit Hole,” about a wealthy, suburban couple trying to come to terms with the death of their young son, Danny, who was accidentally killed when he runs into the street and is struck by a car.

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