Washington Post wins 6 Pulitzers

The Washington Post was awarded a rare six Pulitzer prizes Monday for its coverage of stories ranging from the treatment of US war veterans to last year's shooting rampage at a Virginia university.

Washington Post wins 6 Pulitzers
The only newspaper to have won more awards in the Pulitzer's 92-year history is the New York Times, which won seven awards in 2002, mostly for its coverage of the September 11 attacks the previous year.

The annual US awards for print journalism, which were unveiled at Columbia University in New York, recognized reporters from the New York Times for two awards this year as well as giving a special mention to Bob Dylan.

The prestigious Public Service award went to the Post for a story exposing the mistreatment of wounded US veterans at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, which prompted a national outcry and sparked significant reform.

The paper also won the award for breaking news reporting for its coverage of a shooting massacre at Virginia Tech university in April last year in which a gunman killed 32 fellow students before turning the gun on himself.

The New York Times walked away with the investigative reporting award for its coverage of toxic ingredients in Chinese imports, while the international reporting award went to the Washington Post for a series on private US security contractors working in Iraq.

The paper also won awards in the categories of national reporting, feature writing and commentary. The prizes are each worth 10,000 dollars, except the public service award, which carries a gold medal.

This year's prize for fiction went to Dominican-US writer Junot Diaz for his book "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao."

Legendary musician Bob Dylan received a special citation from the Pulitzer board for "his profound impact on popular music and American culture, marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power."

The board is made up of Colombia's president, Lee Bollinger and around 20 other former winners, journalists and academics.

Last Mod: 09 Nisan 2008, 08:58
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