Edward Snowden is in Russia, but his disclosures on Monday were honored with the highest honor in American journalism.
The Washington Post and Guardian split the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service journalism for the series of articles that exposed the NSA’s vast system for spying on American citizens.
The Post was recognized for work that was “marked by authoritative and insightful reports that helped the public understand how the disclosures fit into the larger framework of national security,” while the Guardian got its nod for “helping through aggressive reporting to spark a debate about the relationship between the government and the public over issues of security and privacy.”
The Boston Globe won in the Breaking News reporting category, for its coverage of the Boston Marathon Bombings. Chris Hamby of the the Center for Public Integrity won for Investigative Reporting for his look into how “some lawyers and doctors rigged a system to deny benefits to coal miners stricken with black lung disease, resulting in remedial legislative efforts.”
There was no Pulitzer given for Feature Writing this year. Eli Saslow of The Washington Post won the award for Explanatory Reporting for his stories on food stamps; Will Hobson and Michael LaForgia won the Local Reporting prize for their Tampa Bay Times series on squalid public housing conditions; Stephen Henderson won for Criticism; and Tyler Hicks and Josh Haner of The New York Times won the two photography awards.
Donna Tart’s coming-of-age novel “The Goldfinch” won for Fiction, Annie Baker’s play about cinema employees “The Flick” won for Drama, and Jonathan Luther Adams’ “Become Ocean” won the Pulitzer for Music.