Pulitzer Prize Winners, Announced Monday

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By: Joe Strupp

The New York Times and The Washington Post were the top winners as this year?s Pulitzer Prizes for journalism were announced at Columbia University shortly after 3 p.m. ET on Monday afternoon. In an unusual event, there were two winners in two categories, including the coveted Public Service slot — shared by the Times-Picayune in New Orleans and the Sun Herald in Biloxi, Miss.

The Post won four prizes and the Times won three.

The Times-Picayune had not been named one of the three finalists for Public Service by the judges–but was elevated into a winner by the Pulitzer Board, as allowed in the procedure.

Sig Gissler, Pulitzer administrator, said today it was only the fifth time there were double winners in Public Service and the sixth time in national reporting.

“It is quite unusual for a Public Service winner to win in another category for essentially the same entry,” he said, referring to the Times-Picayune also winning for Breaking News.

Here is the list of winners in the journalism categories, selected by the Pulitzer Board from three finalists in each category picked by judges. The finalists follow. (If you are keeping score at home, E&P’s leaked list of Pulitzer finalists, which we posted last month, turned out to be accurate in all 14 categories.)

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PUBLIC SERVICE

The Sun Herald of Biloxi, Miss. (Hurricane Katrina)

The Times-Picayune (New Orleans)


BREAKING NEWS

The Times-Picayune of New Orleans (Hurricane Katrina)


INVESTIGATIVE

The Washington Post (revelations about lobbyist Jack Abramoff)


EXPLANATORY

The Washington Post (David Finkel for reports about Yemen)


BEAT REPORTING

The Washington Post (Dana Priest, secret prisons)


NATIONAL

The New York Times (James Risen/Eric Lichtblau, NSA wiretapping)

Copley News Service/The San Diego Union-Tribune (probe of Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham)


INTERNATIONAL

The New York Times (China reporting by Joseph Kahn and Jim Yardley)


FEATURE WRITING

Rocky Mountain News (Jim Sheeler, ‘Final Salute’)


COMMENTARY

Nicholas Kristof of The New York Times


CRITICISM

Robin Givhan of The Washington Post, fashion


EDITORIAL WRITING

The Oregonian of Portland (Rick Attig and Doug Bates on mental health treatment)


CARTOONIST

Mike Luckovich of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution


BREAKING NEWS PHOTOGRAPHY

Dallas Morning News (Katrina)


FEATURE PHOTOGRAPHY

Rocky Mountain News (‘Final Salute’)


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The list of finalists:


PUBLIC SERVICE

The Blade of Toledo (“Coingate” scandal)
The Washington Post (package on terrorism)
The Sun-Herald of Biloxi, Miss. (Hurricane Katrina)


BREAKING NEWS

Atlanta Journal-Constitution (courthouse shooting)
The Times-Picayune of New Orleans (Hurricane Katrina)
South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Hurricane Wilma)


INVESTIGATIVE

The Washington Post (revelations about lobbyist Jack Abramoff)
South Florida Sun-Sentinel (FEMA probe)
Los Angeles Times (Getty Museum)


EXPLANATORY

The Washington Post (David Finkel for reports about Yemen)
Miami Herald (breakdown in hurricane warning system)
Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel (rabies)


BEAT REPORTING

The Washington Post (Dana Priest, secret prisons)
The New York Times (Barry Meier, defective heart implant)
Clarion-Ledger of Jackson, Miss. (Jerry Mitchell, civil rights murders)


NATIONAL

The New York Times (James Risen and Eric Lightblau, NSA wiretapping revelations)
The New York Times (body armor)
Copley News Service/The San Diego Union-Tribune (probe of Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham)


INTERNATIONAL

The New York Times (China reporting by Joseph Kahn and Jim Yardley)
Los Angeles Times (Muslims in Europe)
The Washington Post (Iraq coverage by Steve Fainaru)


FEATURE WRITING

Chicago Tribune (Mary Schmich)
Rocky Mountain News (‘Final Salute’)
The New York Times (Dan Barry)


COMMENTARY

Nicholas Kristof of The New York Times
Cynthia Tucker of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Chris Rose of the Times-Picayune (New Orleans)


CRITICISM

Jerry Saltz of the Village Voice, art
Nicolai Ouroussoff of The New York Times, architecture
Robin Givhan of The Washington Post, fashion


EDITORIAL WRITING

The Sun Herald of Biloxi, Ms. (Katrina)
The Oregonian of Portland (mental health treatment)
Birmingham (Al.) News (death penalty)


CARTOONISTS

Mike Luckovich of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Mike Thompson of the Detroit Free Press
Marshall Ramsey of the Clarion-Ledger of Jackson, Miss.


BREAKING NEWS PHOTOGRAPHY

Los Angeles Times (Gaza pullout)
Dallas Morning News (Katrina)
The Associated Press (Katrina)


FEATURE PHOTOGRAPHY

Los Angeles Times (Catholic priests in Alaska)
Rocky Mountain News (‘Final Salute’)
South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Holocaust survivor)
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