Wednesday, April 9, 2008

It's Pulitzer Time: WashPost Sweep for violence and violins. Dylan gets a gong.

Pulitzer Prizes: 2008 Winners

Public Service: Dana Priest, Anne Hull and photographer Michel du Cille of The Washington Post for their coverage of the deteriorating conditions of Walter Reed Medical Center

Breaking News Reporting: Staff of The Washington Post for their coverage of the Virginia Tech shooting rampage

Investigative Reporting: Walt Bogdanich and Jake Hooker of The New York Times for their stories on toxic ingredients in medicine and other products imported from China

Investigative Reporting: Staff of the The Chicago Tribune for their exposure of faulty governmental regulation of toys, car seats and cribs

Explanatory Reporting: Amy Harmon of The New York Times for her coverage of the dilemmas and ethical issues that accompany DNA testing

Local Reporting: David Umhoefer of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel for his stories on the skirting of tax laws to pad pensions of county employees

National Reporting: Jo Becker and Barton Gellman of The Washington Post for their examination of Vice President Dick Cheney's influence on national policy.

International Reporting: Steve Fainaru of The Washington Post for his series on private security contractors in Iraq that operate outside many of the laws governing American forces

Feature Writing: Gene Weingarten of The Washington Post for his feature on a virtuoso violinist Joshua Bell, who, as an experiment, played during for commuters in the subway during rush hour. Widely disparaged as a set-up stunt by OldSkool reporters, but definitely written for the ages. Weingarten, a columnist who writes "Below the Beltway" (ouch) quipped

"While this award is technically not for my columns but for my feature writing," Weingarten said, "I consider it an endorsement of the excellence of absolutely everything I do: humor writing, parallel parking, lovemaking, etc.

"So in that regard, using the same bold, broad-brush logic, I think all the clients of my column have a right to claim that they, too, won the Pulitzer Prize today."

Commentary: Steve Pearlstein of The Washington Post for his columns exploring the nation's economic ills

Criticism: Mark Feeney of The Boston Globe for his reviews of visual arts, including film, photography and painting

Editorial Writing: No Award

Editorial Cartooning: Michael Ramirez of Investor's Business Daily

Breaking News Photography: Adrees Latif of Reuters for his photograph of a Japanese videographer who was fatally wounded during a street demonstration in Myanmar

Feature Photography: Preston Gannaway of the Concord Monitor for her photographs of a family coping with a parent's terminal illness

Fiction: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

Drama: August: Osage County by Tracy Letts

History: What Hath God Wrought by Daniel Walker Howe

Biography: Eden's Outcasts by John Matteson

Poetry: Time and Materials by Robert Hass
Poetry: Failure by Philip Schultz

General Nonfiction: The Years of Extermination by Saul Friedlander

Music: The Little Match Girl Passion by David Lang

Special Citation: Bob Dylan (!)

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