Pulitzer Prize recipients: UCSC alumni voices helping to define the century

With a reputation for teaching students to ask the hard questions, it’s not surprising that UC Santa Cruz is home to 8 winners of 10 Pulitzer Prizes. Their writing has given voice to victims and changemakers alike, covered corruption and disease, and told tales of the sea with creativity and purpose.

2021 Julia Calderone (‘08, neuroscience and behavior, and ‘14, Science Communication), who was part of a team of New York Times reporters and editors that published a deep package of 15 stories and data-analysis displays about the coronavirus pandemic.
2019 Jeffrey Conrad (Cowell College ’71, philosophy), who authored The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke, a definitive biography of the father of the Harlem Renaissance.
2016 Martha Mendoza (Kresge, ’88, independent major, journalism and education), an Associated Press reporter who was part of a team that exposed the use of slave labor in the Thai seafood industry, and William Finnegan (Cowell, ’74, English literature), who authored Barbarian Days, his memoir about surfing.
2008 Dana Priest (Merrill, ‘81, politics), a Washington Post reporter who exposed the mistreatment of wounded veterans at Walter Reed Hospital.
2006 Dana Priest (Merrill, ‘81, politics), a Washington Post reporter who exposed the government's secret 'black site' prison.
2000 Martha Mendoza (Kresge, ’88, independent major, journalism and education), who was part of an Associated Press news team that revealed the slaughter by American soldiers of hundreds of civilians at the No Gun Ri bridge early in the Korean War.
1997 Annie Wells (Rachel Carson College (College Eight), ’81), who took a dramatic photograph of a local firefighter rescuing a teenager from raging floodwaters for the Santa Rosa Press Democrat.
1996 Laurie Garrett (Merrill '75, biology), who wrote a series of articles about the 1995 Ebola epidemic in Zaire for Newsday.
1993 Hector Tobar (Oakes, ‘88, Latin American studies and sociology), a reporter who covered the Los Angeles riots for the Los Angeles Times.