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Washington Post wins six Pulitzer prizes
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09:38, April 08, 2008

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The Washington Post won six Pulitzer prizes on Monday in the categories of public service, breaking news reporting, national reporting, international reporting, feature writing, and commentary.

The second biggest winner among the U.S. media outlets was The New York Times, which was commended for its investigative and explanatory reporting.

The 92nd annual Pulitzer Prizes in Journalism, Letters, Drama and Music was announced by Columbia University.

The Pulitzer prize in public service was awarded to The Washington Post for the work of Dana Priest, Anne Hull and photographer Michel du Cille in "exposing mistreatment of wounded veterans at Walter Reed Hospital, evoking a national outcry and producing reforms by federal officials."

The Washington Post Staff was commended for its "exceptional, multi-faceted coverage of the deadly shooting rampage at Virginia Tech, telling the developing story in print and online."

The Pulitzer prize for investigative reporting was shared by The New York Times and the Chicago Tribune Staff.

The New York Times' Amy Harmon won the Pulitzer for explanatory reporting for "her striking examination of the dilemmas and ethical issues that accompany DNA testing, using human stories to sharpen her reports."

The prize for local reporting went to David Umhoefer of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel for his stories "on the skirting of tax laws to pad pensions of county employees, prompting change and possible prosecution of key figures."

Jo Becker and Barton Gellman of The Washington Post won the Pulitzer for national reporting for their "lucid exploration of Vice President Dick Cheney and his powerful yet sometimes disguised influence on national policy."

The paper's Steve Fainaru won the Pulitzer prize for international coverage for his "heavily reported series on private security contractors in Iraq that operate outside most of the laws governing American forces."

Gene Weingarten of the same paper was awarded a Pulitzer for feature writing for his "chronicling of a world-class violinist who, as an experiment, played beautiful music in a subway station filled with unheeding commuters."

The Pulitzer prize for distinguished commentary went to Steven Pearlstein of The Washington Post for his "insightful columns that explore the nation's complex economic ills with masterful clarity."

Mark Feeney of The Boston Globe won the Pulitzer for criticism for his "penetrating and versatile command of the visual arts, from film and photography to painting."

The prize for editorial cartnooning went to Michael Ramirez of Investor's Business Daily for his "provocative cartoons that rely on originality, humor and detailed artistry."

The Pulitzer for breaking news photography was awarded to Reuters' Adrees Latif for his "dramatic photograph of a Japanese videographer, sprawled on the pavement, fatally wounded during a street demonstration in Myanmar."

Preston Gannaway of the Concord (New Hampshire) Monitor won the prize for feature photography for her "intimate chronicle of a family coping with a parent's terminal illness."

The prizes for best fiction, drama, history, biography, poetry, general non-fiction, and for music composition were also announced on Monday.

Bob Dylan won special citation for his "profound impact on popular music and American culture, marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power."

The Pulitzers, considered journalism's highest honor in the United States, are given by Columbia University on the recommendation of an 18-member board.

Prizes are awarded yearly in 21 categories. In 20 of these, each winner receives a certificate and a cash reward of 10,000 U.S. dollars. The winner in the public service category gets a gold medal, which always goes to a newspaper, but an individual may be named in the citation.


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