2009 Pulitzer Prize Winners

Awards ranging from journalism to fiction to music

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Journalism

  • Public Service: Las Vegas Sun, and notably the courageous reporting by Alexandra Berzon
  • Breaking News Reporting: Staff of The New York Times
  • Investigative Reporting: David Barstow of The New York Times
  • Explanatory Reporting: Bettina Boxall and Julie Cart of Los Angeles Times
  • Local Reporting: Detroit Free Press Staff, and notably Jim Schaefer and M.L. Elrick; Ryan Gabrielson and Paul Giblin of East Valley Tribune, Mesa, AZ
  • National Reporting: Staff of St. Petersburg Times
  • International Reporting: Staff of The New York Times
  • Feature Writing: Lane DeGregory of St. Petersburg Times
  • Commentary: Eugene Robinson of The Washington Post
  • Criticism: Holland Cotter of The New York Times
  • Editorial Writing: Mark Mahoney of The Post-Star, Glens Falls, NY
  • Editorial Cartooning: Steve Breen of The San Diego Union-Tribune
  • Breaking News Photography: Patrick Farrell of The Miami Herald
  • Feature Photography: Damon Winter of The New York Times

Letters, Drama, and Music

  • Fiction: Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout (Random House)
  • Drama: Ruined by Lynn Nottage
  • History: The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family by Annette Gordon-Reed (W.W. Norton & Company)
  • Biography: American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House by Jon Meacham (Random House)
  • Poetry: The Shadow of Sirius by W.S. Merwin (Copper Canyon Press)
  • General Nonfiction: Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II by Douglas A. Blackmon (Doubleday)
  • Music: Double Sextet by Steve Reich (Boosey & Hawkes).

Special Citations and Awards

  • None
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