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2009 Pulitzer Prize Winners

By Kim Miller - Posted on 22 April 2009

I thought it might be interesting to get input from fellow RFO-ers about the stories and other works that won Pulitzers this year.

Most notably, I was interested in the award for Investigative Reporting by David Barstow.  Here is a story about his work that won.  It was several stories that discussed links between retired military talking heads and the Pentagon/defense contractors.

An excerpt: One year after his blockbuster investigation into the links between retired military commentators and the Pentagon -- which won a Pulitzer Prize on Monday -- New York Times scribe David Barstow says the reporting has made a difference even if the television networks targeted in his coverage have not come clean.

Barstow, the 10-year Times reporter who won his second Pulitzer one year to the day that his first report ran, notes the reporting sparked fierce debate on the Internet and in newspapers. He also sees signs of some network changes, at least behind the scenes. His Pulitzer win earned little notice on TV this week, compared to others

I'm very familiar with Eugene Robinson -- he appears on MSNBC frequently, and he always has an intelligent, articulate perspective. 

Public Service
- Las Vegas Sun
Breaking News Reporting - The New York Times Staff
Investigative Reporting - David Barstow of The New York Times
Explanatory Reporting - Bettina Boxall and Julie Cart of the Los Angeles Times
Local Reporting -
Detroit Free Press Staff
Ryan Gabrielson and Paul Giblin of the East Valley Tribune, Mesa, AZ
National Reporting - St. Petersburg Times Staff
International Reporting - The New York Times Staff
Feature Writing - Lane DeGregory of the 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

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, premiered March 26, 2008 in Richmond, VA (Boosey & Hawkes)

Anyone have input about any of the winners?


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