WASHINGTON, DC: The oft-lauded Washington Post added to its gallery of garlands earlier this week with the receipt of no fewer than six Pulitzer Prizes.
According to the judges, the newspaper's reportage "helped define much of the national political dialogue in 2007". They especially cited two reporters, Dana Priest, Anne Hull and photographer Michel du Cille for their exposure of mistreatment of wounded soldiers at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
Other Post awards went to ...
- Barton Gellman and Jo Becker for documenting the power wielded in secrecy by Vice President Dick Cheney.
- Steve Fainaru won the international reporting prize for his examination of private security contractors in Iraq.
- Post business columnist, Steve Pearlstein, won for commentary.
- Gene Weingarten won the feature writing award for an article in The Post's Sunday magazine on a world-famous violinist, Joshua Bell, playing incognito for subway riders.
- And the paper's staff collectively won the breaking news prize for coverage of the mass killings at Virginia Tech.
The Post's executive editor Leonard Downie
said the newspaper is operating "at a higher speed" than ever before, despite the fact that - in common with most other US news titles - it had been forced to trim its reporting staff.
"In December, I sent a note to everybody on the staff because I was so proud of last year's journalism," Downie said, adding that he was particularly struck by the range of that work.
Data sourced from New York Times; additional content by WARC staff