Papers Share 2006 Pulitzer for Katrina Coverage

The list of Pulitzer Prize winners in 2006 includes the staff of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, which received two awards, for public service and breaking news coverage. The paper shared the public service prize with The Sun Herald of Gulfport, Miss.

Forced to abandon most of its offices, The Times-Picayune was published online in the days after Hurricane Katrina struck on Aug. 29, providing updates for concerned residents and evacuees.

The Pulitzer for National Reporting was split between the staffs of The San Diego Union-Tribune and Copley News Service and New York Times reporters James Risen and Eric Lichtblau. Risen and Lichtblau broke the story last December that the National Security Agency has been conducting secret surveillance of American citizens.

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The prizes were announced Monday afternoon at Columbia University in New York.

Other winners include style columnist Robin Givhan of The Washington Post, in the criticism category, and commentary winner Nicholas D. Kristof of The New York Times.

The Pulitzer for biography went to Martin Sherwin and Kai Bird for their American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer. In an earlier interview with NPR, Bird said Oppenheimer "discovered quantum physics and fell in love with it. The quantum physics, in effect, sort of rescued him from his emotional crisis."

The prize for Poetry went to Claudia Emerson for her book Late Wife. And the award for music was given to composer Yehudi Wyner for his Piano Concerto: 'Chiavi in Mano'.

Pulitzer Prizes: 2006 Winners

 

JOURNALISM

Public Service: The Times-Picayune of New Orleans and the sun Herald of Gulfport, Miss., for coverage of Hurricane Katrina

Breaking News Reporting: The Times-Picayune of New Orleans, for Hurricane Katrina coverage (Interview with 'Times-Picayune' Editor Jim Amoss, Jan. 4)

Investigative Reporting: Susan Schmidt, James V. Grimaldi and R. Jeffrey Smith of The Washington Post for coverage of the Jack Abramoff scandal (Interview with Schmidt and Smith, Feb. 1)

Explanatory Reporting: David Finkel of The Washington Post, for writing about the U.S. government's attempt to bring democracy to Yemen

Beat Reporting: Dana Priest of The Washington Post, for reporting on secret prisons and the government's counterterrorism campaign (Dana Priest Interview, Nov. 5, 2005)

National Reporting: James Risen and Eric Lichtblau of The New York Times (Interview with Risen, Jan. 5)

National Reporting: Staffs of the San Diego Union-Tribune and Copley News Service

International Reporting: James Kahn and Jim Yardley of The New York Times for coverage of China's legal system

Feature Writing: Jim Sheeler of the Rocky Mountain News, for his story on a Marine major who helps families of comrades killed in Iraq cope with their loss

Commentary: Nicholas D. Kristof of The New York Times

Criticism: Robin Givhan of The Washington Post

Editorial Writing: Rick Attig and Doug Bates of The Oregonian for writing about abuse inside a mental hospital

Editorial Cartooning: Mike Luckovich of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Luckovich Featured on 'Talk of the Nation' Feb. 9)

Breaking News Photography: The Dallas Morning News, for coverage of Hurricane Katrina

Feature Photography: Todd Heisler of the Rocky Mountain News, for behind-the-scenes funeral coverage of Marines from Colorado

LETTERS, DRAMA & MUSIC

Fiction: Geraldine Brooks, March (Book Excerpt and Interview, March 9, 2005)

Drama: No prize awarded

History: David M. Oshinsky, Polio: An American Story

Biography or Autobiography: Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin, American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer (Bird and Sherwin on 'Talk of the Nation' May 11, 2005)

Poetry: Claudia Emerson, "Late Wife"

General Non-Fiction: Caroline Elkins, Imperial Reckoning: The Untold Story of Britain's Gulag in Kenya (Elkins Interview, Jan. 22, 2005)

Music: Yehudi Wyner, "Piano Concerto: 'Chiavi in Mano'"

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