The Pulitzer Prize, considered the gold standard for American journalism, included four prizes for the Washington Post and three for the New York Times, including one shared with ProPublica for an investigation into whether doctors at a New Orleans hospital, cut off after Hurricane Katrina, hastened some patientsí deaths.
The ProPublica prize - and an editorial cartooning award for the self-syndicated Mark Fiore, whose work appears on the San Francisco Chronicle Web site SFGate.com - represented a victory for new media in a competition long dominated by ink-on-newsprint.
Most winners were small or mid-sized papers ó like the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, which won a local reporting prize for its investigation into pension fraud.
The National Enquirer failed to upset the US media establishment yesterday and land a coveted Pulitzer prize for its scoop about the extramarital affair of Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards.
Unlike the Nobel, which comes with a hefty monetary prize (about $1.4 million this year), the Pulitzer prize money won't make anybody rich (the pay out is $10,000). However, there's no question that the coveted prefix has translated into financial success down the line.
For the complete list of winners and winning books visit the official Pulitzer Prize website: