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New York Times Leads Pulitzers as Huffington Post Wins

April 16, 2012

The New York Times Co. headquarters in New York. Photographer: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

The New York Times Co. headquarters in New York. Photographer: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

The New York Times led the Pulitzer Prizes with two awards, winning for international and explanatory reporting, as online publications the Huffington Post and Politico won their first awards.

Times reporter David Kocieniewski won for a series that explained how wealthy U.S. citizens avoided taxes and exploited loopholes. The Times, owned by New York Times Co. (NYT:US), was also awarded for Jeffrey Gettleman’s reporting about famine and conflict in East Africa.

The 96th annual Pulitzer Prizes for excellence in reporting and the arts were announced today by Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism in New York.

Huffington Post, founded by Arianna Huffington in 2005, was recognized for its series on American soldiers wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan. The digital news site, which also aggregates reporting from other news outlets, was acquired by AOL Inc. (AOL:US) last year. Online news outlet Politico won for editorial cartooning.

The Philadelphia Inquirer won in the public service category for its seven-part series, “Assault on Learning,” about growing violence in Philadelphia schools. The Stranger, a Seattle weekly, was awarded for Eli Sanders’s feature on a woman who survived a criminal attack.

A committee of editors, publishers, writers and educators voted on the winners in 21 categories of journalism, letters, drama and music. Winners in all categories except public service receive a $10,000 cash award. The public-service prize, awarded to a news organization, is a gold medal.

There was no winner in the editorial writing category. Finalists for that award included Paula Dwyer and Mark Whitehouse of Bloomberg News for “their analysis of and prescription for the European debt crisis,” according to the Pulitzer board statement.

The fiction category also had no winner.

Below is a table of 2012 Pulitzer Prize winners.


PUBLIC SERVICE The Philadelphia Inquirer for its seven-part series “Assault on Learning,” about growing violence in Philadelphia schools.

BREAKING NEWS REPORTING The Tuscaloosa News staff for its coverage of a deadly tornado.

INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING Matt Apuzzo, Adam Goldman, Eileen Sullivan and Chris Hawley of the Associated Press for their series on the New York Police Department’s spying program on Muslim communities, and Michael J. Berens and Ken Armstrong of the Seattle Times for their investigative report on how Washington State moved vulnerable patients to cheaper, more dangerous pain medication.

EXPLANATORY REPORTING David Kocieniewski of the New York Times for his series, “But Nobody Pays That,” explaining how the nation’s wealthiest exploited tax loopholes.

LOCAL REPORTING Sara Ganim and members of the Patriot-News staff for breaking reports on allegations of sexual abuse by former Pennsylvania State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

NATIONAL REPORTING David Wood of the Huffington Post for his 10- part series, “Beyond the Battlefield,“ exploring difficulties facing American soldiers returning home from war in Iraq and Afghanistan.

INTERNATIONAL REPORTING Jeffrey Gettleman of the New York Times for his reports on famine in East Africa.

FEATURE WRITING Eli Sanders of The Stranger for his feature, “The Bravest Woman in Seattle,” about a woman who survived a brutal criminal attack.

COMMENTARY Mary Schmich of the Chicago Tribune “for her wide range of down-to-earth columns that reflect the character and capture the culture of her famed city.”

CRITICISM Wesley Morris of the Boston Globe for film criticism.


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 Alegria Hudes

HISTORY “Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention” by Manning Marable

BIOGRAPHY “George F. Kennan: An American Life” by John Lewis Gaddis

POETRY “Life on Mars” by Tracy K. Smith

GENERAL NON-FICTION “The Swerve: How the World Became Modern” by Stephen Greenblatt

MUSIC “Silent Night: Opera in Two Acts” by Kevin Puts

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