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Pulitzer Prize 2010 Winners Announced

The Pulitzer Prize 2010 winners were announced Monday, April 12, 2010. The acclaimed prize is a United States award intended to celebrate exceptional authors in newspaper journalism, literature, and musical composition. The award began when posthumously, in 1917, the acclaimed Hungarian American philanthropist and publisher Joseph Pulitzer founded the most prestigious award in journalism. Columbia University in New York City, Pulitzer's alma mater, overseas the distribution of the awards given in 21 categories. Recipients receive a certificate and $10,000 dollar cash award with the exception of the top prize. The top prize is a gold medal and is always given to a newspaper.

The Washington Post tops this years' list of winners which follows:

Breaking News Reporting –
The Seattle Times Staff

National Reporting –
Matt Richtel and members of The New York Times Staff

Public Service –
Bristol (Virginia) Herald Courier

Explanatory Reporting –
Michael Moss and members of The New York Times Staff

Local Reporting –
Raquel Rutledge of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

International Reporting –
Anthony Shadid of The Washington Post

Feature Writing –
Gene Weingarten of The Washington Post

Commentary –
Kathleen Parker of The Washington Post
Barbara Laker and Wendy Ruderman of the Philadelphia Daily News and Sheri Fink of ProPublica, in collaboration with The New York Times Magazine

Editorial Writing –
Tod Robberson, Colleen McCain Nelson and William McKenzie of The Dallas Morning News

Criticism –
Sarah Kaufman of The Washington Post

Editorial Cartooning –
Mark Fiore, self syndicated, appearing on SFGate.com

Breaking News Photography –
Mary Chind of The Des Moines Register

Feature Photography –
Craig F. Walker of The Denver Post

LETTERS AND DRAMA

Drama –
Next to Normal, music by Tom Kitt, book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey

History –
Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World by Liaquat Ahamed (The Penguin Press)

Fiction –
Tinkers by Paul Harding (Bellevue Literary Press)

Poetry –
Versed by Rae Armantrout (Wesleyan University Press)

Biography –
The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt by T.J. Stiles (Alfred A. Knopf)

General Nonfiction –
The Dead Hand: The Untold Story of the Cold War Arms Race and Its Dangerous Legacy by David E. Hoffman (Doubleday)

SPECIAL CITATION
Hank Williams

MUSIC
Violin Concerto by Jennifer Higdon, premiered February 6, 2009 in Indianapolis, IN (Lawdon Press).

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