April 18, 2011
Joseph Pulitzer (Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division)

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

2011 Pulitzer Prizes Awarded

The best in journalism was honored April 18, 2011, with the awarding of the Pulitzer Prize, journalism's highest honor.

Awards were given in 20 categories, including 13 journalism categories. There was no award this year in the category of breaking news reporting.

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 Los Angeles Times for its stories on the political corruption in the small city of Bell, Calif., where officials paid themselves exorbitant salaries, resulting in arrests and reforms.

Jesse Eisinger and Jake Bernstein of the nonprofit investigative news organization ProPublica were awarded the Pulitzer for national reporting for their exposure of questionable Wall Street practices that contributed to the nation's economic meltdown. The reporters used digital tools to help explain the complex subject to lay readers. This was ProPublica's second Pulitzer in two years.

The award for breaking news photography went to Carol Guzy, Nikki Kahn and Ricky Carioti of The Washington Post for their documentation of the tragedy in Haiti in the aftermath of the catastrophic earthquake that struck the island nation.

Barbara Davidson of the Los Angeles Times won the award for feature photography for her story of innocent victims trapped in the city's crossfire of deadly gang violence.

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 2011 winners, please visit www.pulitzer.org.

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