Today's Pulitzer Prize gold medal for public service goes to the staff of the L.A. Times for the paper's ongoing coverage of the city of Bell. The main reporters have been Jeff Gottlieb and Ruben Vives. The award is for the LAT's "exposure of corruption in the small California city of Bell where officials tapped the treasury to pay themselves exorbitant salaries, resulting in arrests and reforms," the Pulitzer site says.
Times photographer Barbara Davidson won the Pulitzer in feature photography for "her intimate story of innocent victims trapped in the city’s crossfire of deadly gang violence." Caught in the Crossfire with reporter Kurt Streeter ran in December. The LAT's Carolyn Cole was a finalist in breaking news photography "for her often haunting images of a massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, capturing the harsh reality of widespread devastation."
ProPublica beat out all the newspapers for the Pulitzer in national reporting. Jonathan Gold of the LA Weekly was a finalist in criticism "for his delightful, authoritative restaurant reviews, escorting readers through a city’s diverse food culture." Former LAT architecture critic Nicolai Ouroussoff, now at the New York Times, also was a finalist in criticism.
Quick list of all journalism winners (link to finalists):
BREAKING NEWS REPORTING - No Award
INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING - Paige St. John of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune
EXPLANATORY REPORTING - Mark Johnson, Kathleen, Gallagher, Gary Porter, Lou Saldivar and Alison Sherwood of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
LOCAL REPORTING - Frank Main, Mark Konkol and John J. Kim of the Chicago Sun-Times
NATIONAL REPORTING - Jesse Eisinger and Jake Bernstein of ProPublica
INTERNATIONAL REPORTING - Clifford J. Levy and Ellen Barry of The New York Times
FEATURE WRITING - Amy Ellis Nutt of The Star-Ledger, Newark, N.J.
COMMENTARY - David Leonhardt of The New York Times
CRITICISM - Sebastian Smee of The Boston Globe
EDITORIAL WRITING - Joseph Rago of The Wall Street Journal
EDITORIAL CARTOONING - Mike Keefe of The Denver Post
BREAKING NEWS PHOTOGRAPHY - Carol Guzy, Nikki Kahn and Ricky Carioti of The Washington Post
FEATURE PHOTOGRAPHY - Barbara Davidson of the Los Angeles Times
The prizes in letters, drama and music are after the jump.
Letters, Drama and Music
DRAMA - "Clybourne Park" by Bruce Norris
HISTORY - "The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery" by Eric Foner (W. W. Norton & Company)
BIOGRAPHY - "Washington: A Life" by Ron Chernow (The Penguin Press)
POETRY - "The Best of It: New and Selected Poems" by Kay Ryan (Grove Press)
GENERAL NONFICTION - "The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer" by Siddhartha Mukherjee (Scribner)
MUSIC - "Madame White Snake’" by Zhou Long, premiered on February 26, 2010 by the Boston Opera at the Cutler Majestic Theatre.