The Pulitzer board released the names of prize winners today.
WaPo reels in several awards:
International Reporting – Anthony Shadid . The prize was for his reporting on the lasting scars and legacies in Iraq of the American invasion and occupation. Shadid won the 2004 Pulitzer for International Reporting for coverage of the impact of the U.S invasion on Iraq’s people. Shadid left WaPo in 2009.
Feature Writing – Gene Weingarten. He won for “Fatal Distraction”, a report on parents who accidentally leave their children in cars, often resulting in death.
Commentary – Kathleen Parker. The prize was for her twice-weekly column that runs in WaPo and 400 other newspapers.
Criticism – Sarah Kaufman. The prize was for what WaPo calls her “refreshing, original and conversation-kindling critical essays on dance”.
WaPo’s contributing editor David Hoffman, a former assistant managing editor for foreign news, won a Pulitzer for his book The Dead Hand: The Untold Story of the Cold War Arms Race and Its Dangerous Legacy
WaPo was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for its reporting on the Fort Hood massacre, a rampage against the U.S. Army carried out by one of its own officers, Maj. Nidal M. Hasan.
National Reporting – Matt Richtel and members of The New York Times Staff
Hank Williams received a posthumous citation for his “craftsmanship as a songwriter who expressed universal feelings with poignant simplicity and played a pivotal role in transforming country music into a major musical and cultural force in American life”.
To see all the award winners from around the nation and to read the winning pieces visit here.
JOURNALISTS WEIGH IN WITH KIND (and otherwise) COMMENTS AFTER THE JUMP…
Olivier Knox, Agence France Presse – #1: Too bad Pulitzer Committee shafted Hustler again this year. That’s okay, mag always up for a Polk. #2: Senate Press Gallery Consensus: Hank Williams got a Pulitzer special citation “just for being awesome.”
The Atlantic’s Joshua Green – Congrats to Pulitzer-winner Gene Weingarten, tho THIS story on The Great Zucchini is his best one ever: http://bit.ly/t3Mau”
We’ll keep adding the entertaining remarks as they come in…