96 annual Pulitzer Prize Winners announced.
The winners of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize are announced and for the first time in 35 years the Pulitzer Prize board did not recognize any winners under the coveted fiction category.
New York Times won two Pulitzer Prize under the categories of explanatory and International reporting, the Philadelphia Inquirer was awarded the prize under the public service category for its examination of violence in the city's schools, while the Huffington Post received its first Pulitzer under the national reporting category for its exploration of the challenges facing American veterans wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan and the Associated Press won a Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting for the documentation of the New York Police Department's spying on Muslims.
According to the Pulitzer Prize Board, Philadelphia Inquirer receives the Pulitzer Gold Medal for the public service category for it’s for its exploration of pervasive violence in the city’s schools, using powerful print narratives and videos to illuminate crimes committed by children against children and to stir reforms to improve safety for teachers and students.
Columbia University on the recommendation of a board of journalists and others hand out the awards annually. Each award carries a $10,000 prize except for the public service award, where the winner is honored with a gold medal.
The iconic Pulitzer Prize Gold Medal is awarded each year to the American newspaper that wins the Public Service category. It is never awarded to an individual. However, through the years, the Medal has come to symbolize the entire Pulitzer program. The medal, about two and three-quarter inches in diameter and a quarter-inch thick, is not solid gold. It is silver with 24-carat gold plate and presented to the winning newspaper in an elegant cherry-wood box with brass hardware.
Public Service - The Philadelphia Inquirer
Breaking News Reporting - The Tuscaloosa (Ala.) News Staff
Investigative Reporting - Matt Apuzzo, Adam Goldman, Eileen Sullivan and Chris
Explanatory Reporting - David Kocieniewski of The New York Times
Local Reporting - Sara Ganim and members of The Patriot-News Staff, Harrisburg, Penn
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 (Wash.) 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
Letters, Drama and Music
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 Nonfiction - "The Swerve: How the World Became Modern," by Stephen Greenblatt (W.W. Norton and Company)
Music - "Silent Night: Opera in Two Acts" by Kevin Puts (Aperto Press)
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