Pulitzer Prizes Include Penn State Scandal Reporting, NYPD Spying on Muslims, Huffington Post

The Pulitzer Prize winners have been announced, and they include the usual suspects--the New York Times, the Associated Press--as well as a few surprises, including the Huffington Post and Politico. They also included a couple of glaring "No Awards", in Fiction and Editorial Writing. 

The AP's reporting on the New York Police Department's spying on Muslim communities shared theinvestigative reporting award with the Seattle Times' coverage of Washington residents being placed on methadone rather than safer pain medication. 

David Wood, a longtime war correspondent, brought the Huffington Post its first Pulitzer for his series "Beyond the Battlefield," telling the stories of veterans wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan. Media critic Jay Rosen commented to theHuffington Post, "[T]he real story is that these organizations -- the Huffington Post, the New York Times, the Washington Post--are becoming more like each other. Old media and new media are increasingly antiquated terms."

The Local Reporting award went to the Harrisburg, PA Patriot-News, for breaking and covering the Penn State child molestation scandal involving former football coach Jerry Sandusky--an example of local reporting that rocked the country. 

 As for the "No Awards" in Editorial Writing and Fiction, the Pulitzer website explains: 

According to The Plan of Award "If in any year all the competitors in any category shall fall below the standard of excellence fixed by The Pulitzer Prize Board, the amount of such prize or prizes may be withheld."

The full list is below: 


Public Service --
The Philadelphia Inquirer

Breaking News Reporting --
The Tuscaloosa (Ala.) News Staff

Investigative Reporting --
Matt Apuzzo, Adam Goldman, Eileen Sullivan and Chris Hawley of the Associated Press and Michael J. Berens and Ken Armstrong of The Seattle Times

Explanatory Reporting --
David Kocieniewski of The New York Times

Local Reporting --
Sara Ganim and members of The Patriot-News Staff, Harrisburg, Penn.

National Reporting --
David Wood of The Huffington Post

International Reporting --
Jeffrey Gettleman of The New York Times

Feature Writing --
Eli Sanders of The Stranger, a Seattle weekly

Commentary --
Mary Schmich of the Chicago Tribune

Criticism --
Wesley Morris of The Boston Globe

Editorial Writing --
No Award

Editorial Cartooning --
Matt Wuerker of POLITICO

Breaking News Photography --
Massoud Hossaini of Agence France-Presse

Feature Photography --
Craig F. Walker of The Denver Post


Fiction --
No Award

Drama --
Water by the Spoonful by Quiara Alegría Hudes

History --
Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention by the late Manning Marable (Viking)

Biography --
George F. Kennan: An American Life by John Lewis Gaddis (The Penguin Press)

Poetry --
Life on Mars by Tracy K. Smith (Graywolf Press)

General Nonfiction --
The Swerve: How the World Became Modern by Stephen Greenblatt (W.W. Norton and Company)

Silent Night: Opera in Two Acts by Kevin Puts, commisioned and premiered by the Minnesota Opera in Minneapolis on November 12, 2011. 


AlterNet / By Sarah Jaffe

Posted at April 16, 2012, 10:02am

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