2014 Pulitzer Prize winners announced

The 2014 Pulitzer Prizes were announced Monday, with 13 awards given to different categories under journalism and seven awarded under books, drama and music.

Both The Guardian and The Washington Post staffs celebrate their joint Public Service Pulitzer Prizes

For journalism, The Guardian U.S. and The Washington Post shared the Public Service Pulitzer for their reporting on the National Security Agency’s widespread surveillance. The Guardian was credited for “authoritative and insightful reports that helped the public understand how the disclosures fit into the larger framework of national security” and the Post for helping to “spark a debate about the relationship between the government and the public over issues of security and privacy.” Coverage of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings earned the Boston Globe staff a Breaking News Reporting Pulitzer for its “exhaustive and empathetic” coverage of the aftermath and manhunt. No award was given for Feature Writing.

The New York Times swept the photo awards, with Josh Haner’s photo essay about a victim of the Boston Marathon bombing attempting to rebuild his life after losing his legs in the event, and Tyler Hicks’ coverage of terrorist attacks at the Westgate Mall in Kenya winning the prizes.

For books, drama and music, Donna Tartt’s “The Goldfinch” — the story of a boy who is drawn to a small piece of art after the death of his mother — won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. In its win, the book was hailed as “a book that stimulates the mind and touches the heart,” with “exquisitely drawn characters.”

The full list of 2014 Pulitzer Prize winners, via Pulitzer.org, is below:


PUBLIC SERVICE – Two Prizes: The Guardian US and The Washington Post


INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING – Chris Hamby of The Center for Public Integrity, Washington, D.C.

EXPLANATORY REPORTING – Eli Saslow of The Washington Post

LOCAL REPORTING – Will Hobson and Michael LaForgia of the Tampa Bay Times

NATIONAL REPORTING – David Philipps of The Gazette, Colorado Springs, CO

INTERNATIONAL REPORTING – Jason Szep and Andrew R.C. Marshall of Reuters


COMMENTARY – Stephen Henderson of the Detroit Free Press

CRITICISM – Inga Saffron of The Philadelphia Inquirer

EDITORIAL WRITING – The Editorial Staff of The Oregonian, Portland

EDITORIAL CARTOONING – Kevin Siers of The Charlotte Observer

BREAKING NEWS PHOTOGRAPHY – Tyler Hicks of The New York Times

FEATURE PHOTOGRAPHY – Josh Haner of The New York Times

Books, Drama and Music

FICTION – “The Goldfinch” by Donna Tartt (Little, Brown)

DRAMA – “The Flick” by Annie Baker

HISTORY – “The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832” by Alan Taylor (W.W. Norton)

BIOGRAPHY – “Margaret Fuller: A New American Life” by Megan Marshall (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

POETRY – “3 Sections” by Vijay Seshadri (Graywolf Press)

GENERAL NONFICTION – “Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation” by Dan Fagin (Bantam Books)

MUSIC – “Become Ocean” by John Luther Adams (Taiga Press/Theodore Front Musical Literature)

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