The New York Times, my favorite newspaper, has won two 2012 Pulitzer Prizes, one for its reporting on Africa (INTERNATIONAL REPORTING: Jeffrey Gettleman) and another for an investigative series on obscure tax code provisions that allow wealthy corporations and citizens to avoid paying taxes, (EXPLANATORY REPORTING: David Kocieniewski).
I was also pleased that The Huffington Post — an online news outlet I contribute to — and Politico won their first Pulitzer Prizes, for National Reporting and Editorial Cartooning, respectively — “a sign of the changing media landscape.”
The prizes, celebrating achievement in newspaper and online journalism, literature, nonfiction and musical composition, were announced at Columbia University in New York. Given annually since 1917, they are awarded in 21 categories.
Here are some of this year’s other winners. For a complete list, click here.
PUBLIC SERVICE: The Philadelphia Inquirer
BREAKING NEWS REPORTING: The Tuscaloosa (Ala.) News Staff
INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING: Matt Apuzzo, Adam Goldman, Eileen Sullivan and Chris Hawley of The Associated Press and Michael J. Berens and Ken Armstrong of The Seattle Times
FEATURE WRITING: Eli Sanders of The Stranger, a Seattle weekly
COMMENTARY: Mary Schmich of The Chicago Tribune
LETTERS AND DRAMA
DRAMA: “Water by the Spoonful” by Quiara Alegría Hudes
HISTORY: “Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention” by Manning Marable, awarded posthumously (Viking)
BIOGRAPHY: “George F. Kennan: An American Life” by John Lewis Gaddis (The Penguin Press)
POETRY: “Life on Mars” by Tracy K. Smith (Graywolf Press)
GENERAL NONFICTION: “The Swerve: How the World Became Modern” by Stephen Greenblatt (W. W. Norton and Company)
Image: Daniel M. Silva / Shutterstock.com
The author is a retired U.S. Air Force officer and a writer.