2008 Pulitzers

The 2008 Pulitzer Prize winners were announced yesterday. Below are the results as listed from the New York Times.

Journalism

PUBLIC SERVICE

THE WASHINGTON POST

The Post was honored for a series of articles that exposed the mistreatment of wounded veterans at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington.

The series was written and reported by Dana Priest and Anne Hull with photography by Michel du Cille, 52. Mr. du Cille has won two previous Pulitzers for photography; Ms. Hull, 45, had been a finalist six times.

Ms. Priest, 50, who won the 2006 Pulitzer for beat reporting, praised the courage of soldiers who spoke on the record. “People wanted to be good soldiers and go up the chain,” she said, “and at some point we caught them at a frustration level that was so high that they were willing to, in their minds, risk their careers.”

FINALISTS The Charlotte Observer; Newsday, Long Island, N.Y.

INTERNATIONAL REPORTING: STEVE FAINARU
For an examination in the Washington Post of private security contractors in Iraq.

NATIONAL REPORTING: JO BECKER and BARTON GELLMAN
For articles in the Washington Post documenting the power and secrecy wielded by Vice President Dick Cheney.

INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING: WALT BOGDANICH and JAKE HOOKER

INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING: CHICAGO TRIBUNE STAFF
For articles exposuring faulty governmental regulation of toys, car seats and cribs.

FEATURE WRITING: GENE WEINGARTEN
For an article in the Washington Post on a world-famous violinist playing incognito for subway riders.

BREAKING NEWS REPORTING: WASHINGTON POST
For reporting on the Virginia Tech shootings.

EXPLANATORY REPORTING: AMY HARMON
For a series in The New York Times exploring the impact of new genetic technology on American life.

LOCAL REPORTING: DAVID UMHOEFER
For artcles in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel investigating pension deals for county workers.

COMMENTARY: STEVE PEARLSTEIN
For the Washington Post business columnist.

EDITORIAL WRITING

For the eighth time in the history of the Pulitzer Prizes, no award was given in this category.

FINALISTS Maureen Downey of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution; Rodger Jones of The Dallas Morning News; staff of The Wisconsin State Journal.

CRITICISM: MARK FEENEY
For arts criticism at The Boston Globe.

EDITORIAL CARTOONING: MICHAEL RAMIREZ
For cartoons in the Investor’s Business Daily Breaking News.

BREAKING NEWS PHOTOGRAPHY: ADREES LATIF
For a photograph for Reuters of a Japanese videographer who was fatally wounded during a street demonstration in Myanmar. <!–

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FEATURE PHOTOGRAPHY: PRESTON GANNAWAY
For photographs from the Concord Monitor of a family coping with terminal illness.

Arts and Letters

HISTORY: DANIEL WALKER HOWE
“What Hath God Wrought: the Transformation of America, 1815-1848”

Mr. Howe, 71, is an emeritus professor of history at Oxford University and the University of California, Los Angeles. In over 900 pages, Professor Howe creates a panoramic tale of the formative period of American history, when the country expanded and created innovations in communications and transportation.

FINALISTS “Nixon and Kissinger: Partners in Power” by Robert Dallek and “The Coldest Winter: America and the Korean War” by the late David Halberstam.

BIOGRAPHY: JOHN MATTESON
“Eden’s Outcasts: The Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Father”

Louisa May Alcott is widely known, but Professor Matteson, 47, an associate professor of English at John Jay College in New York City, turned his attention to her father, Bronson Alcott. He was a teacher and lecturer, a friend of both Emerson and Thoreau and the seeker of a utopian community.

“I found him very inspirational,” Professor Matteson said. “He was almost completely self-taught.”

FINALISTS “The Worlds of Lincoln Kirstein” by Martin Duberman and “The Life of Kingsley Amis” by Zachary Leader.

FICTION: JUNOT DIAZ
“The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao”

Mr. Diaz, 39, arrived in the United States from the Dominican Republic in 1974, not speaking or reading English. His riotous novel tells the story of a family of Dominican immigrants, both in the present in New Jersey and in the past in the Dominican Republic.

Mr. Diaz said he kicked around the idea for his first novel for about four years and then spent seven years writing it. “In some ways I think that this book waited for me to become a better person before it wrote itself,” he said.

FINALISTS “Tree of Smoke” by Denis Johnson and “Shakespeare’s Kitchen” by Lore Segal.

GENERAL NONFICTION: SAUL FRIEDLANDER
“The Years of Extermination: Nazi Germany and the Jews, 1939-1945”

In his second volume of a history of the Holocaust, Mr. Friedländer, 75, interwove segments from contemporary journals and letters into the more general description of the atrocities. “Usually the history of the Holocaust is written from the viewpoint of German documents and archives,” said Mr. Friedländer, who was born in Prague, escaped to France in 1939 and emigrated to Israel in 1948. He teaches history at the University of California, Los Angeles.

FINALISTS “The Cigarette Century” by Allan Brandt and “The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century” by Alex Ross.

DRAMA: TRACY LETTS
“August: Osage County”

FINALISTS “Yellow Face” by David Henry Hwang and “Dying City” by Christopher Shinn.

POETRY: ROBERT HASS AND PHILIP SCHULTZ
“Time and Materials,” by Robert Hass and “Failure,” by Philip Schultz

In his sixth volume of poetry, Mr. Hass, 67, a former poet laureate, wrote about large subjects of international import, like global warming, as well as more personal verse in an exploration of the role of public and private life. Mr. Hass also won the National Book Award for poetry last year.

Mr. Schultz, 63, found inspiration for his fifth volume of poetry in finally discussing the death of his father when Mr. Schultz was 18 and the family business fell apart. “It was a hole that I was digging myself out of the rest of my life,” he said. Mr. Schultz runs the Writers Studio in New York.

FINALIST “Messenger: New and Selected Poems, 1976-2006” by Ellen Bryant Voigt.

MUSIC: DAVID LANG
“The Little Match Girl Passion”

Mr. Lang, 51, is co-founder of Bang on a Can, the boundary-crossing new music collective. His Pulitzer-winning work is for a quartet of singers. It is an eerie, poignant and tragic melding of the Hans Christian Andersen tale of a poor child who freezes to death and the text of Bach’s “St. Matthew Passion.”

FINALISTS “Meanwhile” by Stephen Hartke and “Concerto for Viola” by Roberto Sierra.

SPECIAL CITATIONS: BOB DYLAN
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