The Associated Press won a Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting Monday for documenting the New York Police Department’s widespread spying on Muslims, and The Philadelphia Inquirer overcame extreme financial turmoil at the newspaper to win in the public-service category for its examination of violence in the city’s schools.
The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pa. — and in particular, 24-year-old reporter Sara Ganim — were honored for local reporting for breaking the Penn State sexual-abuse scandal that ultimately brought down football coach Joe Paterno.
Another Pulitzer for investigative reporting was awarded to The Seattle Times for a series about accidental methadone overdoses among patients with chronic pain.
The Huffington Post received its first Pulitzer, in national reporting, for its look at the suffering endured by American veterans wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan. It is the second Pulitzer ever awarded for reporting that appeared online only.
The New York Times won two prizes, for explanatory and international reporting.
The Stranger, a Seattle weekly, won the feature- writing award for a story about a woman who survived an attack that killed her partner.
The Pulitzer Prizes are given out annually by Columbia University on the recommendation of a board of journalists and others. Each award carries a $10,000 prize except for the public-service award, which is a gold medal.