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PULITZER WINNER: Harmon of 'NYT' Studied DNA after Birth of Child

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PULITZER WINNER: Harmon of 'NYT' Studied DNA after Birth of Child

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New York Times correspondent Amy Harmon said she tried to ignore the rumors that her ongoing series "The DNA Age" was a Pulitzer finalist. Executive Editor Bill Keller confirmed last Friday afternoon that the rumor was fact when he told her she was not only a finalist but also a winner.

"He was walking toward my desk and smiling and I was sure that he had come to tell me that I had lost," Harmon said. "It took a long time to sink in."

This is Harmon's second Pulitzer win. She was part of the team of reporters that won the 2001 prize on race in America for the New York Times. This year, Harmon, 39, won for explanatory reporting for her stories on affects of genetic information.

The other finalists in the category were The Boston Globe's Beth Daley for her work on how global warming impacts New Englanders and the staff of The Oregonian in Portland for its reporting on microprocessors.

Harmon first hit upon the idea three years ago. While she was pregnant with her daughter, she underwent DNA tests herself. …

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