Pulitzer Prize 2014 winners announced

The recipients of the 98th Pulitzer Prizes were announced Monday, honoring exceptional journalism, literature and musical composition. The winners are:

Journalism

Public service

The Washington Post and the Guardian U.S. for coverage of secret surveillance by the National Security Agency

Finalist: Newsday for its expose of misconduct by Long Island police officers

Breaking news

The Boston Globe for coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings and the ensuing manhunt

Finalists: The Arizona Republic Staff for wildfire reporting and The Washington Post for coverage of the Navy Yard shootings

Investigative reporting

Chris Hamby of the Center for Public Integrity, Washington, D.C., for his reports on how some lawyers and doctors rigged a system to deny benefits to coal miners

Finalists: Megan Twohey of Reuters for her exposure of an underground Internet marketplace where people buy and sell adopted children and Cynthia Hubert and Phillip Reese of The Sacramento Bee for stories about a Las Vegas psychiatric hospital that sends patients to other states

Explanatory reporting

Eli Saslow of The Washington Post for reporting on the use of food stamps in post-recession America

Finalists: Dennis Overbye of The New York Times for his coverage of the search for the “God particle” and Les Zaitz of The Oregonian for stories about lethal Mexican drug cartels moving to Oregon and other regions of the country

Local reporting 

Will Hobson and Michael LaForgia of the Tampa Bay Times for their investigation into the squalid conditions that marked housing for the city’s homeless population

Finalists: Joan Garrett McClane, Todd South, Doug Strickland and Mary Helen Miller of the Chattanooga Times Free Press for exploring the “no-snitch” culture and Rebecca D. O’Brien and Thomas Mashberg of The Record (Woodland Park, N.J.) for coverage of heroin use in the suburbs of northern New Jersey

National reporting  

David Philipps of the Gazette (Colorado Springs, Colo.) for the examination of how wounded combat veterans are mistreated

Finalists: John Emshwiller and Jeremy Singer-Vine of The Wall Street Journal for reports on forgotten factories that produced nuclear weapons and now pose contamination risks and Jon Hilsenrath of The Wall Street Journal for his exploration of the Federal Reserve

International reporting    

Jason Szep and Andrew R.C. Marshall of Reuters for reports on the persecution of the Rohingya, a Muslim minority in Myanmar

Finalists: Rukmini Callimachi of the Associated Press for an exploration of al-Qaida and Raja Abdulrahim and Patrick McDonnell of the Los Angeles Times for coverage of the Syrian civil war

Feature writing 

No award

Finalists: Scott Farwell of The Dallas Morning News for his story about a young woman trying to overcome child abuse; Christopher Goffard of the Los Angeles Times for his account of an ex-police officer’s nine-day killing spree; and Mark Johnson of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel for his story about a group of first-year medical students

Commentary

Stephen Henderson of the Detroit Free Press for columns on the financial crisis facing his home town

Finalists: Kevin Cullen of The Boston Globe for columns that capture the spirit of a city, especially after the marathon bombings and Lisa Falkenberg of the Houston Chronicle for her columns written from the perspective of a sixth-generation Texan

Criticism    

Inga Saffron of the Philadelphia Inquirer for architecture criticism

Finalists: Mary McNamara of the Los Angeles Times for television criticism and Jen Graves of The Stranger for visual arts criticism

Editorial writing  

Editorial staff of the Oregonian (Portland, Ore.) for editorials on rising pension costs

Finalists: Dante Ramos of The Boston Globe for editorials urging Boston to become a more modern, around-the-clock city and Andie Dominick of The Des Moines Register for editorials challenging Iowa’s arcane licensing laws

Editorial cartooning    

Kevin Siers of the Charlotte Observer

Finalists: David Horsey of the Los Angeles Times and Pat Bagley of The Salt Lake Tribune

Breaking news photography 

Tyler Hicks of the New York Times for coverage of the terrorist attack at Westgate mall in Kenya

Finalists: John Tlumacki and David L. Ryan of The Boston Globe for photographs after the Boston Marathon bombings and Goran Tomasevic of Reuters for his sequence of photographs that chronicle combat in Syria

Feature photography 

Josh Haner of the New York Times for his essay on a Boston Marathon bomb blast victim who lost most of both legs

Finalists: Lacy Atkins of the San Francisco Chronicle for her portrait of schoolkids in Oakland and Michael Williamson of The Washington Post for pictures exploring the food stamp program

Letters, drama and music

Fiction

“The Goldfinch” by Donna Tartt (Little, Brown)

Finalists: “The Son,” by Philipp Meyer (Ecco) and “The Woman Who Lost Her Soul,” by Bob Shacochis (Atlantic Monthly Press)

Drama

“The Flick” by Annie Baker

Finalists: “The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence,” by Madeleine George and “Fun Home,” book and lyrics by Lisa Kron, music by Jeanine Tesori

History

“The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832″ by Alan Taylor (W.W. Norton)

Finalists: “A Dreadful Deceit: The Myth of Race from the Colonial Era to Obama’s America,” by Jacqueline Jones (Basic Books) and “Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident and the Illusion of Safety,” by Eric Schlosser (The Penguin Press)

Biography or autobiography

“Margaret Fuller: A New American Life” by Megan Marshall (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Finalists: “Jonathan Swift: His Life and His World,” by Leo Damrosch (Yale University Press) and “Karl Marx: A Nineteenth-Century Life,” by Jonathan Sperber (Liveright)

Poetry

“3 Sections” by Vijay Seshadri (Graywolf Press)

Finalists: “The Sleep of Reason,” by Morri Creech (The Waywiser Press) and “The Big Smoke,” by Adrian Matejka (Penguin)

General nonfiction

“Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation” by Dan Fagin (Bantam Books)

Finalists: “The Blood Telegram: Nixon, Kissinger and a Forgotten Genocide,” by Gary J. Bass (Alfred A. Knopf) and “The Insurgents: David Petraeus and the Plot to Change the American Way of War,” by Fred Kaplan (Simon & Schuster)

Music

Become Ocean by John Luther Adams (Taiga Press/Theodore Front Musical Literature)

Finalists: “The Gospel According to the Other Mary,” by John Adams and “Invisible Cities,” by Christopher Cerrone

Washington-area native Stephanie Merry covers movies, theater and art for Weekend and the Going Out Guide. She’s also the section’s de facto expert on yoga, gluten-free dining and bicycle commuting.
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