Snowden stories win Pulitzer for Guardian, Washington Post

Edward-Snowden-guardian.jpgThe Washington Post and the Guardian won the Pulitzer Prize for public service for stories based on the National Security Agency documents leaked by Edward Snowden. Since the prize is for public service, no reporters are specified by name. Likewise for the Boston Globe, which won as a staff for its breaking news coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings. Tyler Hicks of the New York Times won the breaking news photography prize, and Josh Haner of the New York Times won for feature photo. Once again, the Pulitzer for investigative reporting went to a non-tradititonal newsroom, Chris Hamby of The Center for Public Integrity, for reporting on lawyers and doctors "who rig a system to deny benefits to coal miners." Full list from Romenesko | Pulitzer site

"The Goldfinch" by Donna Tartt won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.

There were no local winners, but there were several LA Times finalists. Christopher Goffard of the Times was a finalist in feature writing for his reconstruction of the Christopher Dorner rampage, but the Pulitzer committee decided not to designate a winner in the category. Raja Abdulrahim and Patrick McDonnell of the Times were singled out as finalists in international reporting for "their vivid coverage of the Syrian civil war, showing at grave personal risk how both sides of the conflict contribute to the bloodshed, fear and corruption that define daily life." Mary McNamara of the Times was a finalist in criticism for "her trenchant and witty television criticism, engaging readers through essays and reviews that feature a conversational style and the force of fresh ideas." David Horsey of the Times was a finalist in editorial cartooning for, as the judges wrote, "his wide ranging cartoons that blend skillful caricature with irreverence, causing readers both to laugh and think." And Lacy Atkins, formerly of the LAT, now at the San Francisco Chronicle, was a finalist in feature photography for photos of "an Oakland school’s efforts to help African-American boys avoid neighborhood risks and profit from education."

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