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Columbia University Announces 91st Annual Pulitzer Prizes



NEW YORK, April 16 -- The 91st annual Pulitzer Prizes in Journalism, Letters, Drama and Music, awarded on the recommendation of the Pulitzer Prize Board, were announced by Columbia University. To view all the winning photos and stories visitwww.pulitzer.org.

The winners in each category, along with the names of the finalists in thecompetition, follow:

A. PRIZES IN JOURNALISM 1. PUBLIC SERVICE

For a distinguished example of meritorious public service by a newspaper through the use of its journalistic resources which, as well as reporting, may include editorials, cartoons, photographs, graphics and online material, a gold medal.

Awarded to The Wall Street Journal for its creative and comprehensive probe into back dated stock options for business executives that triggered investigations, the ouster of top officials and widespread change in corporate America.

Also nominated as finalists in this category were: The Birmingham (Ala.)News for the work of Brett Blackledge that exposed cronyism and corruption inthe state's two-year college system, resulting in the dismissal of thechancellor and other corrective action (Moved by the Board to the Investigative Reporting category), and The Washington Post for its extensive examination of waste and abuse in the nation's farm subsidy system, prodding Congress to address the need for fundamental reform.

2. BREAKING NEWS REPORTING

For a distinguished example of local reporting of breaking news, presentedin print or online or both, Ten thousand dollars ($10,000).

Awarded to the Staff of The Oregonian, Portland , for its skillful andtenacious coverage of a family missing in the Oregon mountains, telling the tragic story both in print and online.

Also nominated as finalists in this category were: The Staff of The Courier-Journal, Louisville, Ky ., for its clear and authoritative reporting on the crash of a Comair commuter jet that killed 49 people, and The Denver Post Staff for its compelling and notably human coverage of back-to-back blizzards that trapped travelers and paralyzed the region.

3. INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING

For a distinguished example of investigative reporting by an individual or team, presented as a single article or series, in print or in print and online, Ten thousand dollars ($10,000).

Awarded to Brett Blackledge of The Birmingham (Ala.) News for his exposureof cronyism and corruption in the state's two-year college system, resultingin the dismissal of the chancellor and other corrective action. (Moved by the Board from the Public Service category.)

Nominated as finalists in this category were: Ken Armstrong , Justin Mayo and Steve Miletich of The Seattle Times for their series that exposed how theimproper sealing of hundreds of lawsuits hid information vital to publicsafety, and resulted in remedial judicial steps; Michael J. Berens, JuliaSommerfeld and Carol Ostrom of The Seattle Times for their probe of sexualmisconduct by health-care professionals that included creation of an extensiveonline database of offenders and caused a tightening of state regulation; andLisa Chedekel and Matthew Kauffman of The Hartford Courant for their in-depthreports on suicide among American soldiers in Iraq , leading to congressionaland military action to address mental health problems raised in the stories.

4. EXPLANATORY REPORTING

For a distinguished example of explanatory reporting that illuminates as ignificant and complex subject, demonstrating mastery of the subject, lucid writing and clear presentation, in print or in print and online, Ten thousand dollars ($10,000).

Awarded to Kenneth R. Weiss, Usha Lee McFarling and Rick Loomis of the Los Angeles Times for their richly portrayed reports on the world's distressed oceans, telling the story in print and online, and stirring reaction among readers and officials.

Also nominated as finalists in this category were: Joanne Kimberlin and Bill Sizemore of The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk , for their provocative examination of the United States ' increasing reliance on private military personnel, and The New York Times Staff for its multi-faceted explanation ofthe growing menace of diabetes, especially among the poor and vulnerable, thatelicited a range of public and private responses.

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