Winners of the 2011 Pulitzer Prizes were announced this afternoon at 3 pm at Columbia University. And below list, see the finalists. Congrats to Eric Foner on winning history book prize. Relatively weak year for New York Times and Washington Post. No WikiLeaks-related winner or finalists. Some good wins by smaller papers.
2011 Pulitzer Prize Winners
PUBLIC SERVICE – Los Angeles Times (city of Bell scandal)
BREAKING NEWS REPORTING – No Award
INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING – Paige St. John of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune
EXPLANATORY REPORTING – Mark Johnson, Kathleen, Gallagher, Gary Porter, Lou Saldivar and Alison Sherwood of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
LOCAL REPORTING – Frank Main, Mark Konkol and John J. Kim of the Chicago Sun-Times
NATIONAL REPORTING – Jesse Eisinger and Jake Bernstein of ProPublica (on Wall Street bankers)
INTERNATIONAL REPORTING – Clifford J. Levy and Ellen Barry of The New York Times
FEATURE WRITING – Amy Ellis Nutt of The Star-Ledger, Newark, N.J.
COMMENTARY – David Leonhardt of The New York Times
CRITICISM – Sebastian Smee of The Boston Globe
EDITORIAL WRITING – Joseph Rago of The Wall Street Journal
EDITORIAL CARTOONING – Mike Keefe of The Denver Post
BREAKING NEWS PHOTOGRAPHY – Carol Guzy, Nikki Kahn and Ricky Carioti of The Washington Post
FEATURE PHOTOGRAPHY – Barbara Davidson of the Los Angeles Times
Letters, Drama and Music
FICTION – "A Visit from the Goon Squad" by Jennifer Egan (Alfred A. Knopf)
DRAMA – "Clybourne Park" by Bruce Norris
HISTORY – "The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery" by Eric Foner (W. W. Norton & Company)
BIOGRAPHY – "Washington: A Life" by Ron Chernow (The Penguin Press)
POETRY – "The Best of It: New and Selected Poems" by Kay Ryan (Grove Press)
GENERAL NONFICTION – "The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer" by Siddhartha Mukherjee (Scribner)
MUSIC – "Madame White Snake’" by Zhou Long, premiered on February 26, 2010 by the Boston Opera at the Cutler Majestic Theatre.
For the work of Daniel Golden, John Hechinger and John Lauerman that revealed how some for-profit colleges exploit low-income students, leading to a federal crackdown on a multi-billion-dollar industry.
The New York Times
For the work of Alan Schwarz in illuminating the peril of concussions in football and other sports, spurring a national discussion and a re-examination of helmets and of medical and coaching practices.
Breaking News Reporting
Staff of Chicago Tribune
For its coverage of the deaths of two Chicago firefighters who were killed while searching for squatters in an abandoned burning building.
The Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald, a joint staff entry.
For their coverage of a devastating earthquake in Haiti, often working under extreme conditions.
Staff of The Tennessean, Nashville
For its coverage of the most devastating flood in Middle Tennessee history.
Walt Bogdanich of The New York Times
For his spotlighting of medical radiation errors that injure thousands of Americans, sparking national discussion and remedial steps.
Sam Roe and Jared S. Hopkins of Chicago Tribune
For their investigation, in print and online, of 13 deaths at a home for severely disabled children and young adults, resulting in closure of the facility.
Staff of The Wall Street Journal
For its penetration of the shadowy world of fraud and abuse in Medicare, probing previously concealed government databases to identify millions of dollars in waste and corrupt practices.
Staff of The Washington Post
For its exploration of how the military is using trauma surgery, brain science and other techniques both old and new to reduce fatalities among the wounded in warfare, telling the story with words, images and other tools.
Marshall Allen and Alex Richards of Las Vegas Sun
For their compelling reports on patients who suffered preventable injuries and other harm during hospital care, taking advantage of print and digital tools to drive home their findings.
Stanley Nelson of Concordia (La.) Sentinel, a weekly
For his courageous and determined efforts to unravel a long forgotten Ku Klux Klan murder during the Civil Rights era.
David Evans of Bloomberg News
For his revelations of how life insurance companies retained death benefits owed to families of military veterans and other Americans, leading to government investigations and remedial changes.
Staff of The Wall Street Journal
For its examination of the disastrous explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, using detailed reports to hold government and major corporations accountable.
Deborah Sontag of The New York Times
For her coverage of the earthquake in Haiti, steadfastly telling poignant, wide-ranging stories with a lyrical touch and an impressive eye for detail.
Staff of The Wall Street Journal
For its examination of the causes of Europe’s debt crisis, taking readers behind closed doors to meet pivotal characters while illuminating the wider economic, political and social reverberations.
Tony Bartelme of The Post and Courier, Charleston, SC
For his engaging account of a South Carolina neurosurgeon’s quest to teach brain surgery in Tanzania, possibly providing a new model for health care in developing countries.
Michael M. Phillips of The Wall Street Journal
For his portfolio of deftly written stories that provide war-weary readers with fresh perspective on the conflict in Afghanistan.
Phillip Morris of The Plain Dealer, Cleveland, Ohio
For his blend of local storytelling and unpredictable opinions, enlarging the discussion of controversial issues that stir a big city.
Mary Schmich of Chicago Tribune
For her versatile columns exploring life and the concerns of a metropolis with whimsy and poignancy.
Jonathan Gold of LA Weekly
For his delightful, authoritative restaurant reviews, escorting readers through a city’s diverse food culture.
Nicolai Ouroussoff of The New York Times
For his well honed architectural criticism, highlighted by ambitious essays on the burst of architectural projects in oil-rich Middle East countries.
Jackson Diehl of The Washington Post
For his insightful editorials on foreign affairs, marked by prescient pieces critical of America’s policy toward Egypt well before a revolution erupted there.
John McCormick of Chicago Tribune
For his relentless campaign to reform an unsustainable public pension system that threatens the economic future of Illinois.
For cartoons in The Journal News, Westchester County, N.Y., work notably original in concept and execution, offering sharp opinion without shrillness.
Joel Pett of Lexington Herald-Leader
For provocative cartoons that often tackle controversial Kentucky issues, marked by a simple style and a passion for humanity.
Breaking News Photography
Daniel Berehulak and Paula Bronstein of Getty Images
For their compelling portrayal of the human will to survive as historic floods engulfed regions of Pakistan.
Carolyn Cole of Los Angeles Times
For her often haunting images of a massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, capturing the harsh reality of widespread devastation.
Todd Heisler of The New York Times
For his sensitive portrayal of a large Colombian clan carrying a genetic mutation that causes Alzheimer’s disease in early middle age.
Greg Kahn of The Naples (Fla.) Daily News
For his pictures that show the mixed impact of the recession in Florida – loss of jobs and homes for some but profit for others.