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The New York Times Strikes Pulitzer Gold

April 15, 2013
Pulitzer gold medals

The New York Times on Monday won four Pulitzer prizes, including one for international reporting awarded to David Barboza for his exposure of corruption at highest levels of the Chinese government.

The Times also won explanatory and investigative reporting as well as feature writing. The prize for investigative reporting said the Times detailed "how Wal-Mart used widespread bribery to dominate the market in Mexico, resulting in changes in company practices."

The judges said Barboza "strikingly" reported corruption in China, including "billions in secret wealth owned by relatives of the prime minister," adding that his reporting was "well documented work published in the face of heavy pressure from the Chinese officials."

The Associated Press won the prize for breaking news photography for coverage of the conflict in Syria. The AP team that received the prize included Rodrigo Abd, Manu Brabo, Narciso Contreras, Khalil Hamra and Muhammed Muheisen.

The Pulitzer Prize is awarded annually by Columbia University and is considered the top award in print media. Each award carries a cash prize of 10,000 dollars.

Other recipients this year are the Sun Sentinel of Lort Lauderdale, Florida, for public service; The Denver Post Staff for breaking news; Lisa Song, Elizabeth McGowan and David Hasemyer of InsideClimate News, Brooklyn, New York, for national reporting.

The prizes for fiction went to The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson; drama to Disgraced by Ayad Akhtar; history to Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America's Vietnam by Fredrik Logevall (Random House); biography to The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo by Tom Reiss (Crown); and poetry to Stag's Leap by Sharon Olds.

The prizes for general non-fiction went to Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America" by Gilbert King (Harper); and music to Partita for 8 Voices by Caroline Shaw.

Source: Copyright 2013 dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH

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