NY Times Takes 4 Pulitzers, Denver Post Wins for Coverage of Aurora Shooting

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune won a pair of awards for local reporting and editorial cartooning

Last Updated: July 24, 2014 @ 1:12 PM

The New York Times lapped the field on Monday, taking home four Pulitzer Prizes for its reporting on Walmart, Apple, China and a tragic skiing accident. Only one other paper, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, took home more than one award — it won for local reporting and Editorial Cartooning.

The staff of the Denver Post won for its breaking news coverage of the movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colo.

"The Orphan Master's Son" by Adam Johnson won the fiction awards, and "Disgraced" by Ayad Akhtar won for drama.

Three of the four Times awards went to specific writers.

John Branch won the Feature Writing prize for his tale of a tragic avalanche and the science behind similar cataclysmic events. Those stories were part of a larger multimedia series called "Snow Fall," which features a map and assorted photos online.

David Barstow and Alejandra Xanic von Bertrab won the Investigative Reporting prize for their examination of how Walmart's business practices enabled the multinational conglomerate to dominate the Mexican market.

David Barboza won the International Reporting prize for his series on corruption in China, specificially the wealth amassed by relatives of the nation's former prime minister.

The Times' final award, for explanatory reporting, honored the entire staff for the paper's investigation into the lesser known parts of Apple's business. That series, dubbed "The iEconomy," touched on Apple's relationship with Chinese suppliers, its methods of avoiding more strenuous taxes and other methods Apple has used to be come one of the world's most valuable companies.

The Washington Post's Philip Kennicott won for his art criticism.

Here's the full list of journalistic winners, as well as the recipients on the Letters, Drama and Music side:


Public Service

Sun Sentinel, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Breaking News Reporting

Staff of the Denver Post

Investigative Reporting

David Barstow and Alejandra Xanic von Bertrab of the New York Times

Explanatory Reporting

Staff of the New York Times

Local Reporting

Brad Schrade, Jeremy Olson and Glenn Howatt of Star Tribune, Minneapolis

National Reporting

Lisa Song, Elizabeth McGowan and David Hasemyer of InsideClimate News, Brooklyn, NY

International Reporting

David Barboza of the New York Times

Feature Writing

John Branch of the New York Times


Bret Stephens of the Wall Street Journal


Philip Kennicott of the Washington Post

Editorial Writing

Tim Nickens and Daniel Ruth of the Tampa Bay Times

Editorial Cartooning

Steve Sack of the Star Tribune, Minneapolis

Breaking News Photography

Rodrigo Abd, Manu Brabo, Narciso Contreras, Khalil Hamra and Muhammed Muheisen of the Associated Press

Feature Photography

Javier Manzano, freelance 

Letters, Drama, and Music


"The Orphan Master's Son" by Adam Johnson (Random House)


"Disgraced" by Ayad Akhtar


"Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America's Vietnam" by Fredrik Logevall (Random House)

Biography or Autobiography

"The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo" by Tom Reiss (Crown)


"Stag's Leap" by Sharon Olds (Alfred A. Knopf)

General Nonfiction

"Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys" by Gilbert King (Harper)


"Partita for 8 Voices" by Caroline Shaw