Pulitzer Prizes 2014: Winners announced

Columbia University named its 2014 Pulitzer Prize winners on Monday. Here's what the announcement looked like in some newsrooms. On Friday, Roy J. Harris Jr. wrote a Pulitzer preview.

Public Service Reporting

The Pulitzer goes to two organizations for their coverage of the NSA: The Guardian for Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras and Ewen MacAskill's reporting, and The Washington Post for Bart Gellman's work. Both sets of reporters worked from documents leaked to them by Edward Snowden. The Washington Post wrote this about the Public Service Reporting win and the Explanatory Reporting win.

"Today's decision is a vindication for everyone who believes that the public has a role in government," Snowden told the Guardian. "We owe it to the efforts of the brave reporters and their colleagues who kept working in the face of extraordinary intimidation, including the forced destruction of journalistic materials, the inappropriate use of terrorism laws, and so many other means of pressure to get them to stop what the world now recognises was work of vital public importance."

Breaking News Reporting

The Boston Globe Staff won for their coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings. "There’s nobody in this room that wanted to cover this story,” Globe Editor Brian McGrory told the newsroom.

Investigative Reporting

Chris Hamby of The Center for Public Integrity won for "Breathless and Burdened," a year-long investigation into how doctors and lawyers worked against miners suffering from black lung.

Explanatory Reporting

Eli Saslow of The Washington Post for his work reporting on poverty in America.

Local Reporting

Will Hobson and Michael LaForgia of the Tampa Bay Times won for their investigation into housing for the homeless. The story began when "Hobson, at the time a police reporter working the night shift, looked into a tip from a homeless man," the Times (which Poynter owns) writes.

National Reporting

David Philipps of The (Colorado Springs, Col.) Gazette for work on the treatment of wounded combat vets. Here's The Gazette's story about the win.

International Reporting

Jason Szep and Andrew R.C. Marshall of Reuters for work on a Muslim minority in Myanmar. "For two years, Reuters reporters have tirelessly investigated terrible human-rights abuses in a forgotten corner of the Muslim world, bringing the international dimensions of the oppressed Rohingya of Myanmar to global attention," Reuters Editor-in-Chief Stephen J. Adler said in a statement. "We are immensely proud that this high-impact series was selected as Reuters’ first-ever Pulitzer Prize win for text reporting."

Feature Writing

No award. The last time no award was given in this category was 2004.


Stephen Henderson of the Detroit Free Press for his work on the financial crisis. Here's a story from the Free Press on that win.


Inga Saffron of The Philadelphia Inquirer for her work on architecture. Here's a story about the win.

Editorial Writing

Editorial staff of The Oregonian for work on rising pension costs. Here's a story from The Oregonian about the win.

Editorial Cartooning

Kevin Siers of The Charlotte Observer. Here's his prize-winning portfolio. The Observer wrote this about the win.

Breaking News Photography

Tyler Hicks of The New York Times for his work during a massacre at a Nairobi mall.

Feature Photography

Josh Haner of The New York Times for a photo essay documenting the recovery of a Boston Marathon bombing victim. Here's a gallery of the Times' award-winning photos in both categories.

Correction: A previous version of this story indicated the last year the feature writing prize went unawarded was in 2011. It was in 2004.


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