Pulitzer Board Overruled Judges, Elevated ‘Times-Picayune’ to Public Service Winner

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By: E&P Staff

It happens every so often, and it happened again this year, when members of the Pulitzer Board went beyond its judges’ picks for finalists and named an overlooked entry as a big winner.

The Times-Picayune of New Orleans was not among the three finalists for the coveted Public Service prize announced this afternoon, but the Pulitzer Board made it a winner, along with the Sun Herald of Biloxi, Miss.

The Board is allowed to move finalists from category to category, or elevate a non-finalist to finalist or even winning status.

Sig Gissler, Pulitzer adminstrator, said today it was only the fifth time in history that there were two winners in the Public Service category. The last time was in 1990.

He added that it was very rare for a paper to win two prizes for essentially the same entry, although it might have happened with coverage of 9/11. The Times-Picayune also won in the Breaking News category.

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