2008 Winners
and Finalists


Letters, Drama, and Music

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz (Riverhead Books)
"August: Osage County" by Tracy Letts
"What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815-1848" by Daniel Walker Howe (Oxford University Press)
Biography or Autobiography
"Eden's Outcasts: The Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Father" by John Matteson (W.W. Norton)
Time and Materials by Robert Hass (Ecco/HarperCollins)

Failure by Philip Schultz (Harcourt)
General Nonfiction
The Years of Extermination: Nazi Germany and the Jews, 1939-1945 by Saul Friedländer (HarperCollins)
"The Little Match Girl Passion" by David Lang

Special Citations

Pulitzer Prize Board

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Press Releases


Public Service
The Washington Post
Breaking News Reporting
Staff of The Washington Post
Investigative Reporting
Walt Bogdanich and Jake Hooker of The New York Times

Staff of Chicago Tribune
Explanatory Reporting
Amy Harmon of The New York Times
Local Reporting
David Umhoefer of Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
National Reporting
Jo Becker and Barton Gellman of The Washington Post
International Reporting
Steve Fainaru of The Washington Post
Feature Writing
Gene Weingarten of The Washington Post
Steven Pearlstein of The Washington Post
Mark Feeney of The Boston Globe
Editorial Writing
No award
Editorial Cartooning
Michael Ramirez of Investor's Business Daily
Breaking News Photography
Adrees Latif of Reuters
Feature Photography
Preston Gannaway of Concord (NH) Monitor