Nancy Cleeland, journalist
Notable work: As a reporter with the Los Angeles Times, Cleeland was the lead writer on a team that examined Wal-Mart and its impact on the global economy. “The Wal-Mart Effect” won the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting in 2004.
Virginia Escalante, journalist
Notable work: At the Los Angeles Times, Escalante was a member of a reporting team that produced a series on Southern California’s Latino community, which was awarded the 1984 Pulitzer Prize for public service.
Ryan Gabrielson, journalist
Notable work: As part of the East Valley Tribune team (along with UA alumnus Paul Giblin) in Mesa, Arizona, that covered the impact a local sheriff’s focus on immigration was having on crime investigations, Gabrielson was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for local reporting in 2009.
José Galvez, photojournalist
Notable work: Galvez used his personal experience with photographing Mexican-Americans in Tucson to illustrate the Los Angeles Times’ 1984 Pulitzer Prize–winning series on Latinos in Southern California.
Paul Giblin, journalist
Notable work: Giblin won the Pulitzer Prize for local reporting in 2009 for his work on the team at the East Valley Tribune in Mesa, Arizona, (with UA alumnus Ryan Gabrielson) that revealed how a popular local sheriff’s focus on immigration was endangering investigations of violent crime.
Jack McElroy, journalist
Notable work: As the managing editor of the Rocky Mountain News, McElroy helped guide the paper to a Pulitzer Prize in breaking news photography in 2000 for its powerful collection of images taken after the shootings at Columbine High School.
N. Scott Momaday, Ph.D., professor emeritus of English
Notable work: His novel House Made of Dawn is credited for leading the way for the breakthrough of Native American literature into the mainstream. It won the 1969 Pulitzer Prize for fiction.
Richard Russo, author
Notable work: His novel Empire Falls, which follows the story of a diner in a fictional, blue-collar town in Maine, was awarded the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for fiction.
Frank Sotomayor, journalist
Notable work: As a co-editor and writer of the landmark Los Angeles Times series on Latinos in Southern California, Sotomayor earned a Pulitzer Prize for public service in 1984.
Terry Wimmer, Ph.D., professor of practice, UA Department of Journalism
Notable work: While at the Orange County Register, Wimmer directed coverage of a fertility scandal at the University of California, Irvine. The paper’s stories won the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for investigative journalism.
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