Pulitzer firsts for websites
New York - Agence France-Presse, the online news site Huffington Post and the
Washington politics website Politico each won their first Pulitzer
Prizes in awards announced on Monday.
are given out annually by Columbia University on the recommendation of a
board of journalists and others. Each award carries a $10,000 prize
except for the public service award, which is a gold medal.
The New York Times took away two Pulitzers, considered the most prestigious US journalism awards.
Massoud Hossaini won the award for breaking news photography "for his
heartbreaking image of a girl crying in fear after a suicide bomber's
attack at a crowded shrine in Kabul", the committee announced.
AFP photograph published December 7 shows 12-year-old Tarana Akbari,
screaming after a suicide bomber detonated a bomb in a crowd at the Abul
Fazel Shrine in Kabul on December 6.
"When I could stand up, I
saw that everybody was around me on the ground, really bloody. I was
really, really scared,' said the girl, whose name means "melody".
The Tuscaloosa News of Alabama won the prize for breaking news for its coverage of tornadoes and the resulting carnage in their area.
public service award went to The Philadelphia Inquirer "for its
exploration of pervasive violence in the city's schools," according to
the Pulitzer committee, whose awards are made by the president of
Columbia University on the recommendation of the Pulitzer Prize board.
The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, won for local reporting
for breaking the Penn State sexual abuse scandal that eventually brought
down legendary football coach Joe Paterno.
A second Pulitzer for
investigative reporting went to The Seattle Times for a series about
accidental methadone overdoses among patients with chronic pain.
The New York Times won two Pulitzers, for explanatory and international reporting.
Huffington Post received its first Pulitzer, in national reporting, for
its exploration of the challenges facing American veterans wounded in
Iraq and Afghanistan.
The judges declined to award a prize for editorial writing. Last year, they passed on giving out any breaking news prize.
The Associated Press won a Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting for documenting the New York Police Department's surveillance programme to
monitor Muslim neighbourhoods, businesses and houses of worship.
articles showed that police systemically listened in on sermons,
infiltrated colleges and photographed law-abiding residents as part of a
broad effort to prevent terrorist attacks. Individuals and groups were
monitored even when there was no evidence they were linked to terrorism.
series, which began in August, was by Matt Apuzzo, Adam Goldman, Eileen
Sullivan and Chris Hawley. The stories prompted protests, a demand from
34 members of Congress for a federal investigation, and an internal
inquiry by the CIA's inspector general.
The 2012 Pulitzer Prize winners:
Public service: The Philadelphia Inquirer
Breaking news reporting: The Tuscaloosa (Ala) News staff
Investigative reporting: Matt Apuzzo, Adam Goldman, Eileen Sullivan and Chris Hawley of The Associated Press, and Michael J. Berens and Ken Armstrong of The Seattle Times
Explanatory reporting: David Kocieniewski of The New York Times
Local reporting: Sara Ganim and members of The Patriot-News Staff, Harrisburg, Pa.
National reporting: David Wood of The Huffington Post
International reporting: Jeffrey Gettleman of The New York Times
Feature writing: Eli Sanders of The Stranger, a Seattle weekly
Commentary: Mary Schmich of the Chicago Tribune
Criticism: Wesley Morris of The Boston Globe
Editorial writing: No award
Editorial cartooning: Matt Wuerker of Politico
Breaking news photography: Massoud Hossaini of Agence France-Presse
Feature photography: Craig F Walker of The Denver Post
Fiction: No award
Drama: Water by the Spoonful by Quiara Alegría Hudes
History: Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention by the late Manning Marable (Viking)
Biography: George F. Kennan: An American Life by John Lewis Gaddis (The Penguin Press)
Poetry: Life on Mars by Tracy K Smith (Graywolf Press)
General non-fiction: The Swerve: How the World Became Modern by Stephen Greenblatt (WW Norton and Co)
Music: Silent Night: Opera in Two Acts by Kevin Puts, commissioned and premièred by the Minnesota Opera in Minneapolis on November 12 2011