New York Times Dominates 2013 Pulitzer Prizes

Adam Johnson's 'The Orphan Master's Son' wins fiction award

The New York Times took home four Pulitzers in a year that saw the venerable award body finding a lot more great work to honor than the past few years, when several key categories were shut out.

Today, the Pulitzer Prize Board announced the complete list of recipients of the 97th annual Pulitzer Prizes. Last year’s big surprise came in the form of two major categories—Editorial Writing and Fiction—failing to receive any awards, while the honor for Breaking News Reporting had come up short in 2011. This year’s surprise appears to be the fact that the 19-member Pulitzer board actually managed to decide on a winner in every category.

The New York Times cleaned up in the journalism categories, receiving a total of four awards for Investigative Reporting (David Barstow and Alejandra Xanic von Bertrab on Wal-Mart in Mexico), Explanatory Reporting (The New York Times staff for its coverage of Apple’s business practices), International Reporting (David Barboza on corruption in the Chinese government) and Feature Writing (John Branch’s much-buzzed-about “Snow Fall”). The Times previously won for Explanatory and International Reporting in 2012.

The only other outlet to receive multiple awards this year was the Minneapolis Star Tribune, one for Local Reporting and a second for Editorial Cartooning.

Following last year’s wins by Politico and The Huffington Post, just one digital-only outlet was able to snag a Pulitzer: Brooklyn-based InsideClimate News, whose writers Lisa Song, Elizabeth McGowan and David Hasemyer were honored for their coverage of U.S. oil pipeline regulation.

This year’s prize for Fiction went to Adam Johnson for his book The Orphan Master's Son, the story of a North Korean soldier. Tom Reiss’ The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo won for Biography, and Ayad Akhtar’s play, Disgraced, was awarded for Drama.