NEW YORK – The New York Times on Monday won three Pulitzer Prizes, the awards established in 1917 by Joseph Pulitzer to recognize excellence in journalism, literature and music in 21 categories.
The Times received the most awards of any organization this year, winning in three categories. Eric Lipton received the award for investigative reporting, the New York Times staff won for international reporting and freelance photographer Daniel Berehulak won for freelance photography.
“I would like to emphasize that there were many reporters prying out what the government has done badly,” Pulitzer Prize administrator Mike Pride told Efe. While honoring the winners, he also hailed the “great work” of traditional newspapers in making the transition to digital journalism using the new tools provided by new technologies.
For the first time, magazines could compete for the prestigious awards, which were handed out at New York’s Columbia University.
The award for public service went to the daily The Post and Courier of Charleston, South Carolina, for its report entitled “Till Death Do Us Part” about sexual violence in that state.
Lipton, who was recognized for his reporting on the influence of lobbyists on lawmakers, shared the investigative journalism prize with The Wall Street Journal for its “Medicare Unmasked” report on the U.S. medical assistance program.
The award for breaking news reporting went to the staff of The Seattle Times for coverage of the landslide that killed 43 people in the town of Oso, Washington.
Carol D. Leonnig, with The Washington Post, took home the Pulitzer for best national reporting; the prize for the best work of criticism went to Mary McNamara of The Los Angeles Times; and that for best commentary was presented to Lisa Falkenberg, with The Houston Chronicle.
In the local reporting category, the winners were Rob Kuznia, Rebecca Kimitch and Frank Suraci of the Daily Breeze, in Torrance, California, while Zachary R. Mider of Bloomberg News won for explanatory reporting and the awards for best editorial writing went to Kathleen Kingsbury of The Boston Globe and for best editorial cartooning to Adam Zyglis of The Buffalo News.
Besides Berehulak, who won his Pulitzer for his photo-reporting on the Ebola outbreak in Africa, the award for breaking news photography went to the photo staff at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
In literature, the prize for best novel went to Anthony Doerr for “All the Light We Cannot See,” while the drama award went to Stephen Adly Guirgis for “Between Riverside and Crazy” and the general non-fiction Pulitzer went to Elizabeth Kolbert for “The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History.”
The award for best historical text went to Elizabeth A. Fenn for “Encounters at the Heart of the World: A History of Mandan People,” the biography prize went to David I. Kertzer for “The Pope and Mussolini: The Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise of Fascism in Europe” and the poetry award went to Gregory Pardlo for “Digest.”
Finally, the Pulitzer in the music category went to Julia Wolfe for her piece entitled “Anthracite Fields.”
Each Pulitzer comes with a cash stipend of $10,000 and the winners are selected by a panel of judges comprised of experienced journalists, many of whom have received the award in the past.