DAVID ROHDE of The Christian Science Monitor won the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for international reporting yesterday for his investigation of mass executions in Bosnia.
Mr. Rohde earned his award through skill at a fundamental task of journalism: bearing witness. He was the first Western journalist to visit the sites of suspected mass graves last summer and fall, uncovering grim and convincing evidence that Bosnian Serb forces had executed Muslim prisoners in Europe's worst massacre since the Holocaust.
This Pulitzer Prize is the Monitor's sixth and its first since legendary Washington correspondent Richard L. Strout won a special citation in 1978.
"We are grateful to the Pulitzer Prize Board for recognizing David Rohde's work," says Monitor Editor David Cook. "His reporting was relentless, courageous, and compassionate. It is a worthy addition to the Monitor's 88-year commitment to unselfish, comprehensive, international reporting."
The Pulitzer Prizes are awarded annually by Columbia University for achievement in journalism, letters, drama, and music. This year, the prestigious public service Pulitzer went to the News & Observer of Raleigh, N.C. The spot news reporting category was won by Robert D. McFadden of The New York Times, and Bob Keeler of Newday was awarded the prize for beat reporting.
National reporting went to Alix Freedman of The Wall Street Journal, and the editorial cartoon prize was won by Jim Morin of The Miami Herald.
Staff of the Orange County Register in Santa Ana, Calif., won the investigative category, and Laurie Garrett of Newsday captured the award for explanatory journalism.