In a sign of the changing landscape of journalism, Web sites won their first-ever Pulitzer prizes. And in a sign things haven't changed that much, the tabloid National Enquirer did not win.
The website ProPublica, in collaboration with The New York Times Magazine, won for investigative reporting for its stories on the controversial deaths of patients at a New Orleans medical center following Hurricane Katrina.
In another online first, the Web site of the San Francisco Chronicle won for editorial cartooning.
"This is something we're going to see more of in the years ahead as there's more and more collaboration of news entities when it comes to enterprise journalism," Sig Gissler, administrator of the prizes, said in announcing the winners.
The National Enquirer, more known for dubious stories about celebrity break-ups and hook-ups, was under consideration for its reporting on the John Edwards affair (and eventual child). The Enquirer was reporting the story when no one in the mainstream media would touch it. But alas, the Enquirer failed to win the prestigious Pulitzer.
The Washington Post led the way with four Pulitzers. The New York Times won three.
As far as the non-journalism awards, "Tinkers" by John Harding won for fiction, and "The Dead Hand: The Untold Story of the Cold War Arms Race and Its Dangerous Legacy" by David E. Hoffman won for general non-fiction.
2010 Pulitzer Prize 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
Feature Photography - Craig F. Walker of The Denver Post
Letters, Drama and Music
Fiction - Tinkers by Paul Harding (Bellevue Literary Press)
Drama - Next to Normal, music by Tom Kitt, book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey
Biography - The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt by T.J. Stiles (Alfred A. Knopf)
General Nonfiction - The Dead Hand: The Untold Story of the Cold War Arms Race and Its Dangerous Legacy by David E. Hoffman (Doubleday)
Music - Violin Concerto by Jennifer Higdon (Lawdon Press)
Special CitationsHank Williams
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