Sack, Kevin 1959-
SACK, Kevin 1959-
Born October 11, 1959, in Jacksonville, FL; married (divorced); children: one daughter. Education: Duke University, B.A. (history), 1981; attended University of Witwatersrand, 1983.
Journalist. Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, GA, reporter, 1981-89; New York Times, New York, NY, metropolitan correspondent, 1989, Albany, NY bureau chief, 1990-95, Atlanta, GA bureau chief and national correspondent, 1995-2002, senior writer, beginning 2000; Los Angeles Times, national correspondent based in Atlanta, assigned to Washington, DC investigations team, 2002—.
Atlanta Press Club (board member, 1997-2000).
New York Legislative Correspondents Association Award for best statehouse coverage, 1992; Pulitzer Prize for national reporting (with staff of New York Times), and George Polk Award, both 2001, both for "How Race Is Lived in America"; Pulitzer Prize for national reporting (with Alan Miller), 2003, for "The Vertical Vision."
Contributor to Atlanta Constitution, New York Times, and Los Angeles Times.
Kevin Sack, a national correspondent for the Los Angeles Times, won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for national reporting for "The Vertical Vision," a four-part series about a controversial military program. Sack and colleague Alan Miller spent months investigating the U.S. Marine Corps AV-8 Harrier jet, an aircraft with a history of failures that had resulted in the deaths of forty-five pilots. "Anything that could go wrong with it did," Sack told Bailey White in the Jacksonville Daily Record. "There were mechanical problems related to the engine and the wing flaps and a host of outrageous maintenance problems. And it was a complicated plane, mechanically; pilots talked about needing three hands to fly it."
The Pulitzer Prize for national reporting that he received for his Marine Corps Harrier investigation was the second for Sack. In 2000, as a member of the New York Times staff, he also shared the Pulitzer for national reporting for the investigative article "How Race Is Lived in America."
BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:
Duke, September-October, 2001, "Charting the Great Divide."
Investigative Editors and Reporters Web site,http://www.ire.umd.edu/ (June 6, 2003), Joseph Eaton and Makeba Scott Hunter, "Pulitzer-winning Defense Story Combined Facts with Faces."
Jacksonville Daily Record Online,http://www.jaxdailyrecord.com/ (May 2, 2004), Bailey White, "Local Man Wins Pulitzer Prize."
Los Angeles Times Online,http://www.latimes.com/news/ (May 2, 2004), "The Vertical Vision."
Pulitzer Prize Web site,http://www.pulitzer.org/ (April 20, 2004), "Kevin Sack."*