Pulitzer Winners Announced: Washington Post Wins Four Prizes

pulitzer04122010a.pngThe 94th Annual Pulitzer Prizes have been announced — and the excitement is so great that the Pulitzer Prize Web site is acting all sorts of hinky — the thing looks like a Geocities page we made when we were 12. Fortunately for you, dear FishbowlNY readers, we were able to crib the journalism prizes before the site went all crash-tastic.

UPDATE: The site seems to be working again, so let’s take a look at what happened this year in the Prestigious Land of Pulitzer, brought to you by Columbia University.

First of all, no, Virginia, the National Enquirer did not take home a prize despite its groundbreaking reporting on John Edwards’ extramarital dalliances. We doubt it broke their hearts; as of this morning, editor Barry Levine wasn’t expecting the nod.

The Washington Post cleaned up this year, taking home four prizes — on each for international reporting, feature writing, commentary and criticism. Among New York publications, the Gray Lady took home three awards, if you count one shared award for The New York Times Magazine.

Here are the 2010 Pulitzer awards for journalism:


Public Service: Bristol (Va.) Herald Courier

Breaking News Reporting: The Seattle Times Staff

Investigative Reporting: Barbara Laker and Wendy Ruderman of the Philadelphia Daily News and Sheri Fink of ProPublica, in collaboration with The New York Times Magazine

Explanatory Reporting: Michael Moss and members of The New York Times Staff

Local Reporting: Raquel Rutledge of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

National Reporting: Matt Richtel and members of The New York Times Staff

International Reporting: Anthony Shadid of The Washington Post

Feature Writing: Gene Weingarten of The Washington Post

Commentary: Kathleen Parker of The Washington Post

Criticism: Sarah Kaufman of The Washington Post

Editorial Writing: Tod Robberson, Colleen McCain Nelson and William McKenzie of The Dallas Morning News

Editorial Cartooning: Mark Fiore, self syndicated, appearing on SFGate.com

Breaking News Photography: Mary Chind of The Des Moines Register

Feature Photography: Craig F. Walker of The Denver Post

In letters, drama and music:

Fiction: Tinkers by Paul Harding

Drama: Next to Normal, music by Tom Kitt, books and lyrics by Brian Yorkey

History: Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World by Liaquat Ahamed

Biography: The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt by T.J. Stiles

Poetry: Versed by Rae Armantrout

General Nonfiction: The Dead Hand: The Untold Story of the Cold War Arms Race and Its Dangerous Legacy by David E. Hoffman

Music: Violin Concerto by Jennifer Hidgon

Hank Williams also got a posthumous Special Citation not just for being awesome, but also 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.”