April 16, 2012
Joseph Pulitzer (Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division)

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

2012 Pulitzer Prizes Awarded

The best in journalism was honored April, 16, 2012, with the awarding of the Pulitzer Prize, journalism's highest honor.

Awards are given in 14 journalism categories, though there was not an award this year for editorial writing. 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 Philadelphia Inquirer for its exploration of violence in the city's schools.

In a sign of the new media landscape, David Wood of The Huffington Post was awarded the Pulitzer for national reporting. Woods covered the physical and emotional challenges facing wounded U.S. soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. This is the first Pulitzer for the seven-year-old online news publication.

Politico, the online publication that covers politics, also won its first Pulitzer for Matt Wuerker's editorial cartoons on partisan politics in Washington.

Reporter Sara Ganim and the staff of the Patriot-News of Harrisburg, Pa., won for local reporting for its coverage of the sexual abuse scandal at Penn State University.

The award for breaking news photography went to Massoud Hossaini of Agence France-Presse for his image of a girl crying in fear in the aftermath of a suicide bomber's attack at a crowded shrine in Kabul.

Craig F. Walker of The Denver Post won the award for feature photography for his images of an honorably discharged veteran struggling with a severe case of post-traumatic stress.

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."

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