April 14, 2014

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

2014 Pulitzer Prizes Awarded

The best in journalism was honored April 14, 2014, 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, two prizes were awarded for public service: The Guardian US and The Washington Post, for their revelations of widespread secret surveillance by the National Security Agency.

Reporters Will Hobson and Michael LaForgia of the Tampa Bay Times won for local reporting. Their investigation into the squalid housing conditions among the city's substantial homeless population led to swift reforms.

The award for breaking news photography went to Tyler Hicks of The New York Times for his compelling photos documenting the unfolding terrorist attack at Westgate mall in Kenya. Some of Hicks's photos will be featured in the Newseum's "Picture of the Year" exhibit, which opens April 25, 2014, through Sept. 1, 2014, on the Concourse Level.

Josh Haner of The New York Times won the award for feature photography. Haner was recognized for his photo essay on a Boston Marathon bomb blast victim who lost most of both legs and is rebuilding his life.

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.

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