The 2011 Pulitzer prizes were announced today. In the journalism category, the Los Angeles Times and New York Times led the field with two wins each. Here are all the winners in the journalism category. From the Pulitzer board's website:
- Public Service - Los Angeles Times (for "Breach of Faith," an investigation into the inflated salaries of Bell, California politicians)
- Investigative Reporting - Paige St. John of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune (for her special investigation into Florida's property insurance system)
- Explanatory Reporting--Mark Johnson, Kathleen Gallagher, Gary Porter, Lou Saldivar, Allison Sherwood of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (for "One in a Million", a report on the experimental techniques used by doctors treating a dying 4-year-old)
- Local Reporting-- Frank Main, Mark Konkol and John J. Kim of the Chicago Sun-Times (for their report on crime in Chicago neighborhoods)
- National Reporting--Jesse Eisinger and Jake Bernstein of Pro Publica ("The Wall Street Money Machine". Second win in two years for Pro Publica, and first winner in this category never to appear in print.)
- International Reporting--Clifford J. Levy and Ellen Barry of The New York Times (for their Russia reporting)
- Feature Writing--Amy Ellis Nutt of The Newark Star-Ledger (for "The Wreck of the Lady Mary," about a fishing boat that sank in 2009 off the Jersey coast)
- Commentary--David Leonhardt of The New York Times (for his writing on the economy)
- Criticism--Sebastian Smee of the Boston Globe (for his visual arts criticism)
- Editorial Writing--Joseph Rago of The Wall Street Journal (for, among others, "Back to the Obamacare Future")
- Editorial Cartooning--Mike Keefe of The Denver Post
- Breaking News Photography--Carol Guzy, Nikki Kahn, and Ricky Carioti of The Washington Post (for their Haiti earthquake photos)
- Feature Photography--Barbara Davidson of the Los Angeles Times (for their photographs of gang violence victims)
Strikingly, a winner was not chosen in the 'Breaking News' category. The finalists in this category were the Chicago Tribune for its coverage of two firefighters killed while searching an abandoned building for squatters, the Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald for their coverage of the Haitian earthquake, and The Tennessean of Nashville staff for its coverage of the Tennessee floods.
The winners in the arts, letters, and music:
- Fiction--A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
- Drama--Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris
- History: The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery by Eric Foner
- Poetry: The Best of It: New and Selected Poems by Kay Ryan
- General Nonfiction: The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee
Music: Madame Whitesnake by Zhou Long
Update No. 1
Journalists from several of the nominated publications tweeted photos of their newsrooms just before the winners were announced. From Matthew Orr at The New York Times:
From Robert Lopez at the Los Angeles Times
From Felicia Somnez at The Washington Post
Update No. 2
The absence of a winner in the breaking news category has been the subject of dismay, jokes, and general Pulitzer-related eyerolling. CNBC's John Carney speculated on Twitter the board's way of sending a message to journalists. At The New York Observer, Kat Stoeffel joked that maybe the press just "blew it by incorrectly breaking the death of an elected official and outsourcing our breaking news to entire nations-in-revolt of citizen journalists." Slate's Jack Shafer, no fan of the Pulitzers to begin with, tweeted the refusal to choose a winner is "proof of what a load of crab the Pulitzers are...right, no good breaking news last year."
We're thinking we, the media, blew it by incorrectly breaking the death of an elected official and outsourcing our breaking news to entire nations-in-revolt of citizen journalists.
"Time to raise our game, people," he tweeted.