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The Pulitzer Prize for Journalism

As we prepare for Sonia Nazario’s October 27th visit to campus, it’s interesting to learn more about this well-recognized author. Readers of Enrique’s Journey may be aware that author Sonia Nazario and photojournalist Don Bartletti won the Pulitzer Prize in 2003 for their work on the original Los Angeles Times series on which the book was based. The Pulitzer Prize website states that the award was “awarded to Sonia Nazario of the Los Angeles Times for Enrique’s Journey, her touching, exhaustively reported story of a Honduran boy’s perilous search for his mother who had emigrated to the United States.”

Each year, there are over 2400 submissions to the Pulitzer Prize, and approximately 21 awards are given. Among other criteria, submissions must include text-based newspapers or news sites- not magazines or broadcast media. Click here to learn more about Pulitzer Prize criteria.

Other finalists in 2003 included Connie Schultz of Cleveland’s The Plain Dealer and David Stabler of Portland’s The Oregonian.

This is not Nazario’s only award; she was also awarded numerous prizes and recognition for her work on The Hunger Wars: Fighting for food in Southern California.

Click here to read the text of the original LA Times series, Enrique’s Journey. We’re excited to welcome Nazario to campus, and hope you’ll join us on October 27th!