April 15, 2013

Joseph Pulitzer (Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division)

2013 Pulitzer Prizes Awarded

The best in journalism was honored Monday, April, 15, 2013, with the awarding of the Pulitzer Prize, journalism's highest honor.

Awards were given in 14 journalism categories. The public service award — which comes with a prestigious gold medal — is given to a news organization. All other winners receive $10,000 each.

This year, the Pulitzer Prize for public service was awarded to the Sun Sentinel of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., for its investigation of off-duty police officers who recklessly endangered the lives of the city's citizens.

Brad Schrade, Jeremy Olson and Glenn Howatt of the Minneapolis Star Tribune won for local reporting. Their reports on the spike in infant deaths at poorly regulated day-care homes resulted in legislative action to strengthen rules.

The award for breaking news photography went to Rodrigo Abd, Manu Brabo, Narciso Contreras, Khalil Hamra and Muhammed Muheisen of The Associated Press for their coverage of the civil war in Syria.

Freelance photographer Javier Manzano won the award for feature photography. Manzano was cited for his photograph, distributed by Agence France-Presse, of two Syrian rebel soldiers guarding their position as beams of light streamed through bullet holes in a nearby metal wall.

These images will be added to the Newseum's permanent and traveling exhibits of Pulitzer Prize-winning photographs. The exhibit catalog, "The Pulitzer Prize Photographs: Capture the Moment," showcases the photographs and reveals the stories behind them.

Since 1917, Columbia University has recognized remarkable achievements in journalism, arts and letters, thanks to a bequest from crusading publisher Joseph Pulitzer. In his will, he endowed the university with $2 million for a school of journalism and "prizes or scholarships for the encouragement of public service, public morals, American literature and the advancement of education."

For a complete list of all the winners, please visit www.pulitzer.org or to plan a visit to the Newseum, use our online travel planner.

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