Ms Julie Cart
- Member of the 2009 winning team, Explanatory Reporting category
- Reporter, Los Angeles Times
- Winning series: Reports examining the cost and effectiveness of attempts to combat the growing menace of wildfires across the western United States
Julie Cart edited her high school newspaper and was graduated from Arizona State University, which she attended on an athletic scholarship. She broke into journalism writing news briefs for her local paper, as unpaid high school student. Cart worked her way up the ranks to become an old-fashioned ‘copy kid’ at another newspaper then was hired as a reporter for United Press International in Phoenix, Arizona. She later worked for the Arizona Republic as a general assignment reporter.
Cart joined the Los Angeles Times in 1983 as an award-winning sportswriter, focusing on special projects and investigations. She was in the first wave of women to enter professional sport’s locker rooms. In her varied sports writing career, Cart covered the Winter and Summer Olympics, soccer’s World Cup in Italy, the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, traveled to Cuba to write about boxing, to Argentina to write about soccer and South Africa to write about athletes under apartheid.
She left the sports department and joined the paper’s national staff, serving as the Times’ bureau chief in Denver, Colorado, covering the western United States. Responsible for reporting on a variety of topics, Cart wrote about polygamy in Utah, school shootings Columbine High School, the aftermath of the 911 attacks and recovery efforts during Hurricane Katrina.
Cart is now an environmental reporter based in Los Angles, covering public lands, natural resources and land-use policy. The 2009 Pulitzer for Explanatory Reporting was awarded to Cart and colleague Bettina Boxall for their five-part series examining the growing menace of wildfires in the western U.S., the continued outsourcing of federal firefighting jobs and the rise of the ‘fire-industrial complex” and the political influence and pressure put on fire commanders to use hugely expensive aircraft to combat fires, with little effect.
Cart, who is originally from Louisiana, is married to an Australian journalist and lives in Los Angeles.