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Profiles of Prize Winners With AM-Pulitzers Bjt

April 13, 1990

NEW YORK (AP) _ Here are thumbnail sketches of the 1990 Pulitzer Prize winners for journalism and arts based on information provided by the winners to the Pulitzer Board. JOURNALISM

Gilbert M. Gaul, 38, of The Philadelphia Inquirer, for public service.

In 1979, Gaul was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for special local reporting on how a group of businessmen with ties to organized crime bankrupted Blue Coal Corp.

He joined the newspaper’s business staff in 1983 after six years as a reporter for the Pottsville (Pa.) Republican. Since then, he has reported on medical economics. He has also worked as a reporter for The Philadelphia Bulletin and The Times News of Lehighton, Pa.

Gaul, born in Jersey City, N.J., graduated from Farleigh Dickinson University in 1973 and was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard in 1982.


Lou Kilzer, 39, of the Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune, for investigative reporting.

Kilzer’s 1986 reports helped The Denver Post win a Pulitzer Prize gold medal for a series on missing children.

A 1973 graduate of Yale University, he joined the Star Tribune as a special projects reporter in 1987. From 1977 to 1983, he was a reporter for the Rocky Mountain News in Denver.


Chris Ison, 32, of the Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune, for investigative reporting.

He joined the newspaper in 1986 as a St. Paul political reporter. He is a 1983 graduate of the University of Minnesota, where he was managing editor and editor-in-chief of the Minnesota Daily. After graduation, he was a reporter for The Duluth News-Tribune.


David A. Vise, 29, of The Washington Post, for explanatory journalism.

Vise is a national business reporter specializing in Wall Street, the Securities and Exchange Commission and related matters.

Formerly an investment banker in a major New York-based investment firm, Vise in 1984 joined The Washington Post, where he had worked as an intern in 1982. Vise is working on a book about the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Born in Nashville, Tenn., he graduated in 1978 from University School of Nashville as class valedictorian. He graduated magna cum laude from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1982.


Steve Coll, 30, of The Washington Post, for explanatory journalism.

He joined the newspaper as a staff writer in 1985 and served as its New York financial correspondent from 1987 to 1989. He is the author of two books, ″The Deal of the Century,″ and ″The Taking of Getty Oil.″ He is working with Vise on the book about the Securities and Exchange Commission.

He was born in Washington D.C. and was educated at Sussex University, England, and Occidental College, Los Angeles, from which he graduated cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa in 1980.


Tamar Stieber, 34, of the Albuquerque (N.M.) Journal, for specialized reporting.

In 1987, Stieber landed her first full-time reporting job with the twice- weekly Sonoma Index-Tribune in California. She became city hall reporter 15 months later for the Vallejo (Calif.) Times-Herald.

She left Vallejo in May 1989 to join the Santa Fe bureau of the Journal.


Ross Anderson, 42, of The Seattle Times, for national reporting.

Anderson, chief political reporter for the Times, has worked at the newspaper for 18 years.

He has written about commercial fishing, regional history, Alaska and environmental issues, as well as national and local government and politics.

In 1978-79, he was a journalism fellow at Stanford University. He is currently on leave working on a book about Alaska fishermen and the Exxon Valdez spill.


Bill Dietrich, 38, of The Seattle Times, for national reporting.

Dietrich has been a journalist since 1973 and has worked at the Times since 1982. He has covered the environment for the newspaper since returning from a Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University in 1988.

From 1976 to 1978 he covered Pacific Northwest issues for Gannett News Service in Washington D.C.


Mary Ann Gwinn, 38, of The Seattle Times, for national reporting.

A feature writer for the newspaper’s Sunday magazine, she has worked at the paper for seven years, formerly as an environmental and newsfeatures reporter.

She has won numerous first prizes for enterprise reporting and feature writing. She worked as a teacher of emotionally disturbed children before changing careers.


Eric Nalder, 43, of The Seattle Times, for national reporting.

Nalder has been the chief investigative reporter for the newspaper since 1983.

He was the winner of the 1986 Sigma Delta Chi Distinguished Service Award for Public Service in Newspaper Journalism and the 1986 Edward J. Meeman Award from the Scripps Howard Foundation, both for ″The Bomb Factories.″ It resulted from an investigation of nuclear-weapons plants operated by the U.S. Department of Energy. He was also the recipient of three other national honors and 21 regional reporting awards.


Nicholas D. Kristof, 30, of The New York Times, for international reporting.

Kristof became Beijing bureau chief for the Times in October 1988 after having studied the Chinese language in Taipei.

He joined the Times in 1984 as a financial reporter-trainee and became a reporter in April 1985. In October 1986 he became a foreign correspondent in Hong Kong. Before joining the Times, he spent two summers as an intern for The Washington Post.

Born in Chicago, he graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard College in 1981. He later studied at Magdalen College in Oxford and at the American University in Cairo.

He is married to Sheryl WuDunn, whose sketch follows.


Sheryl WuDunn, 30, of The New York Times, for international reporting.

She has reported from Beijing for the newspaper since March 1989.

Previously, she had reported on Hong Kong in 1987 for Reuters and the South China Morning Post, a Hong Kong daily newspaper.

She also worked as a summer intern reporter at The Wall Street Journal in Los Angeles in 1986 and at The Miami Herald in 1985.

She was born and grew up in New York City. She graduated cum laude from Cornell University and later studied at Harvard University and the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University.


David Curtin, 34, of the Colorado Springs (Colo.) Gazette Telegraph, for feature writing.

Curtin has been a police and general assignment reporter for the newspaper for two years. A 1978 graduate of the University of Colorado, Curtin has covered a variety of beats for the Boulder Camera, Greeley Daily Tribune and Durango Herald in Colorado.


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