MEDIA - PULITZER AWARDS

Photo of videographer killed in Burma earns Pulitzer

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The Pulitzer Prize for breaking news photography was awarded to Reuters for a picture of a Japanese videographer killed during a demonstration in Burma. The Washington Post won six Pulitzers as well on Monday.

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NEW YORK, April 7 (Reuters) - The Washington Post won six
Pulitzer Prizes on Monday, including the prestigious Public
Service award for its reporting on conditions of U.S. war
veterans at America's flagship military hospital.


The Pulitzer Prize board said the Post won for
"exposing the mistreatment of wounded veterans at Walter Reed
hospital, evoking a national outcry and producing reforms by
federal officials."


The 92nd annual Pulitzer Prizes in Journalism, Letters,
Drama and Music were announced at Columbia University in New
York City. The Public Service winner receives a gold medal, and
winners in the remaining 20 categories receive $10,000.


The Washington Post also won breaking news reporting for
its coverage of the deadly Virginia Tech college shooting
rampage and national reporting for an exploration of U.S. Vice
President Dick Cheney's influence on national policy.


The newspaper won for international reporting for a series
on private security contractors in Iraq operating outside most
of the laws governing U.S. forces, feature writing for a story
on a world-class violinist who played in a subway station as an
experiment and commentary for columns exploring America's
"complex economic ills with masterful clarity."


Reuters won its first Pulitzer Prize, taking the breaking
news photography category for a picture of a Japanese
videographer killed during a demonstration in Myanmar. The
picture was taken by photographer Adrees Latif.


"I am extremely proud that the work of one of our best
photographers got this recognition," said Reuters
Editor-in-Chief David Schlesinger.


BOB DYLAN HONORED


The New York Times won in the explanatory reporting
category for examining dilemmas and ethical issues that
accompany DNA testing and in investigative reporting for
stories on toxic ingredients in medicine and other products
imported from China.


The Chicago Tribune also won for investigative reporting
for its exposure of faulty government regulation of toys, car
seats and cribs.


The Concord Monitor in New Hampshire won in feature
photography for chronicling a family coping with a parent's
terminal illness,  and The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel won the
local reporting award for stories on the skirting of tax laws
to pad pensions of county employees.


The Boston Globe won for criticism of the visual arts and
Investor's Business Daily won for editorial cartooning. No
award was given in the category of editorial writing.


Singer-songwriter Bob Dylan was given a special citation
for his "profound impact on popular music and American culture,
marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power."


The fiction prize went to "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar
Wao" by Junot Diaz, while "August: Osage County" by Tracy Letts
won the drama category, "What Hath God Wrought" by Daniel
Walker Howe won the history section, and "Eden's Outcasts" by
John Matteson won the biography category.


The poetry prize was shared by "Time and Materials" by
Robert Hass and "Failure" by Philip Schultz, while "The Years
of Extermination" by Saul Friedlander won general nonfiction
and "The Little Match Girl Passion" by David Lang won the music
category.


Entrants in the letters, drama and music categories must be
U.S. citizens, while in the journalism category entrants can be
any nationality but their work must have appeared in a U.S.
newspaper.
 

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