The 2011 Pulitzer Prize winners and nominated finalists were announced on Monday.
The Los Angeles Times and New York Times each picked up a pair of rewards for reporting. The L.A. Times won for public service — for its exposure of city salary corruption in Bell, Calif., resulting in arrests — and feature photography (Barbara Davidson), while the New York Times was honored for its international reporting (Clifford J. Levy and Ellen Barry) and commentary (David Leonhardt).
Paige St. John of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune won the investigative reporting Pulitzer for her "examination of weaknesses in the murky property-insurance system vital to Florida homeowners" and "stirring regulatory action."
Despite a year that included the devastating earthquake in Haiti and Gulf oil spill, the Pulitzer jury decided not to give an award for breaking news coverage. (The Washington Post, however, won a Pulitzer for breaking news photography for its coverage of Haiti.)
Jesse Eisinger and Jake Bernstein of ProPublica picked up the Pulitzer for national reporting for work related to Wall Street and the nation’s economic meltdown. It was the first time a Pulitzer prize was awarded for work that did not appear in print, the board said.
2011 Pulitzer Prize Winners
Letters, Drama, and Music
"A Visit from the Goon Squad" by Jennifer Egan (Alfred A.. Knopf)
"Clybourne Park" by Bruce Norris
"The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery" by Eric Foner (W.W. Norton & Company)
Biography or Autobiography
"Washington: A Life" by Ron Chernow (The Penguin Press)
"The Best of It: New and Selected Poems" by Kay Ryan (Grove/Atlantic)
"The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer" by Siddhartha Mukherjee (Scribner)
"Madame White Snake" by Zhou Long (Oxford University Press)
Los Angeles Times
Breaking News Reporting
Paige St. John of Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Mark Johnson, Kathleen Gallagher, Gary Porter, Lou Saldivar and Alison Sherwood of Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Frank Main, Mark Konkol and John J. Kim of Chicago Sun-Times
Jesse Eisinger and Jake Bernstein of ProPublica
Clifford J. Levy and Ellen Barry of The New York Times
Amy Ellis Nutt of The Star-Ledger, Newark, NJ
David Leonhardt of The New York Times
Sebastian Smee of The Boston Globe
Joseph Rago of The Wall Street Journal
Mike Keefe of The Denver Post
Breaking News Photography
Carol Guzy, Nikki Kahn and Ricky Carioti of The Washington Post
Barbara Davidson of Los Angeles Times