From an internal announcement sent out to Posties from Len Downie, Fred Hiatt, and Phil Bennett (emphasis added):
We did not win any Pulitzer prizes today, but there were five outstanding finalists from the newsroom and the editorial page.
The year-long “Harvesting Cash” series by Gil Gaul and Dan Morgan was a finalist in the Public Service category for the Pulitzer Gold Medal. Their stories exposed widespread waste and abuse, totalling billions of dollars, in the Agriculture Department’s farm subsidy program. The Bush administration has proposed a new farm bill containing significant reforms that will be considered by Congress this year.
Anthony Shadid was a finalist in International Reporting for his extraordinary coverage of the war between Hezbollah and Israel in Lebanon. He wove together history, profile, analysis and detailed on-the-ground reporting to create a memorable portrait of a country on the brink of collapse, exploring identity, sectarianism and democracy in the Middle East.
Ruth Marcus was a finalist in Commentary for columns remarkable for their “clarity of thinking, vivid voice and range of subjects, from hard-core politics to summer camps.” She wrote with impact and perceptiveness, sprinkled with humor, about Rep. John Murtha as Nancy Pelosi’s choice for Majority Leader, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, nominees for the Supreme Court, Betty Friedan’s life and Mary Cheney’s pregnancy. Although she has been writing editorials for some time, this was Ruth’s rookie year as a regular op-ed columnist.
Sebastian Mallaby was a finalist in Editorial Writing for his ground-breaking series of editorials on economic inequality. The editorials refused to accept conservative attempts to wish inequality away, but they also rejected many favorite liberal remedies. Instead, his eloquent, well-reasoned and deeply reported editorials advocated prescriptions that would assuage inequality without compromising economic dynamism.
Tom Ricks was a finalist in General Non-Fiction for “Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq” â€“ his best-selling book whose reporting and analysis has played an influential role in the national debate about the Iraq war. The book capped the outstanding reporting that Tom has done on the war for the newspaper, including a number of reporting stints inside Iraq.
In addition, Debbie Cenziper of The Miami Herald, who will join our Metro staff as an investigative reporter this summer, won the Pulitzer Prize for Local Reporting for her stories exposing waste and favoritism in the Miami housing agency that led to dismissals of officials, criminal investigations and prosecutions.
>UPDATE: Downie sent out an update:
Adding a name to the authors of the farm series…
The year-long “Harvesting Cash” series by Gil Gaul, Dan Morgan and Sarah Cohen was a finalist in the Public Service category for the Pulitzer Gold Medal. Their stories exposed widespread waste and abuse, totalling billions of dollars, in the Agriculture Department’s farm subsidy program. The Bush administration has proposed a new farm bill containing significant reforms that will be considered by Congress this year.