NEW YORK - The Washington Post has won four prestigious Pulitzer Prizes, for international reporting, feature writing, commentary and criticism.
ProPublica, a nonprofit investigative-journalism service, won one of two Pulitzers awarded for investigative reporting for a story on the life-and-death decisions made by doctors at a New Orleans hospital during Hurricane Katrina. The story was a collaboration with The New York Times Magazine.
The Herald Courier of Bristol, Virginia, has won the Pulitzer for public service for reporting on the mismanagement of natural gas royalties owed to landowners in Virginia.
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The other prize for investigative reporting went to the Philadelphia Daily News for exposing a rogue police narcotics squad.
The Seattle Times staff was honored in the breaking news category for its coverage of the shooting deaths of four police officers in a coffee shop. The Pulitzer for local reporting went to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel for a series of stories on fraud and abuse in a child-care program for poor working parents.
The Dallas Morning News won for editorial writing.
Mark Fiore, whose animated cartoons appear on the San Francisco Chronicle Web site, SFGate.com, was honored for editorial cartooning.
The Des Moines Register won for breaking-news photography for capturing a rescuer trying to save a woman trapped beneath a dam, and the Denver Post was honored for feature photography for a portrait of a teenager who joined the Army at the height of insurgent violence in Iraq.
The Pulitzers are the most prestigious awards in journalism and are given out annually by Columbia University on the recommendation of a board of distinguished journalists and others. Each award carries a $10,000 prize except for the public service award, which is a gold medal.
Here's a full list of the winners:
- Public Service: Bristol (Va.) Herald Courier
- Breaking News Reporting: The Seattle Times staff
- Investigative Reporting: Barbara Laker and Wendy Ruderman of the Philadelphia Daily News and Sheri Fink of ProPublica, in collaboration with The New York Times Magazine
- Explanatory Reporting: Michael Moss and members of The New York Times staff
- Local Reporting: Raquel Rutledge of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
- National Reporting: Matt Richtel and members of The New York Times staff
- International Reporting: Anthony Shadid of The Washington Post
- Feature Writing: Gene Weingarten of The Washington Post
- Commentary: Kathleen Parker of The Washington Post
- Criticism: Sarah Kaufman of The Washington Post
- Editorial Writing: Tod Robberson, Colleen McCain Nelson and William McKenzie of The Dallas Morning News
- Editorial Cartooning: Mark Fiore, self-syndicated, appearing on SFGate.com
- Breaking News Photography: Mary Chind of The Des Moines Register
- Feature Photography: Craig F. Walker of The Denver Post