By: Jennifer Saba
The Wall Street Journal took home two of the top prizes this afternoon — for public service and international reporting — and the most Pulitzers for any paper this year.
Naturally, soon-to-retire Managing Editor Paul Steiger was elated about the honor, something he had to keep under wraps until the Pulitzers were officially announced today: “People are very pleased and gratified,” he told E&P this afternoon.
“I tried my best to keep it a secret,” he said, adding that people might have suspected good news was coming based on his body language.
The win for public service is a first for the Wall Street Journal. The paper won for 20 stories reported by James Bandler, Charles Forelle, Mark Maremont, and Steve Stecklow covering the back-dating options scandal that has plagued high-profile companies during the past year. “It wasn’t a planned series,” Steiger said. “It started on a single expose last March and built from there.”
Seven Journal reporters — James Areddy, Andrew Browne, Jason Dean, Gordon Fairclough, Mei Fong, Shai Oster, and Jane Spencer — won the international reporting prize for their stories on China. The paper examined China’s growth from multiple angles, including the strain it has put on its people and the environment.
On besting other papers including The New York Times, Steiger said: “These things go up and down. It’s great to have these two awards.”