April 7, 2008

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

Pulitzer Prizes Awarded

The best in journalism was honored April 7, 2008, at Columbia University with the awarding of the Pulitzer Prize, journalism’s highest honor.

Awards were given in 21 categories, including 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 Washington Post won the public service award for exposing the poor treatment of injured war veterans at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. The stories shocked the country and prompted government reforms at all U.S. veteran hospitals.

The award for investigative journalism went to two newspapers: The New York Times for its coverage on toxic medicine from China, and the Chicago Tribune for exposing the faults in government regulation that resulted in recalls of children’s toys, cribs and car seats.

The award for news photography went to Andrees Latif of Reuters. Preston Gannaway of the Concord (N.H.) Monitor received the Pulitzer for feature photography.

These images will become part of the Newseum’s permanent and traveling exhibits of all Pulitzer Prize-winning photographs. The exhibit catalog, "The Pulitzer Prize Photographs: Capture the Moment," showcases the prize-winning photographs and reveals the stories behind them. View the Newseum's Pulitzer Prize Photographs Gallery.

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 2008 winners, visit www.pulitzer.org.

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