2009 Winners
and Finalists


Letters, Drama, and Music

Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout (Random House)
Ruined by Lynn Nottage
The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family by Annette Gordon-Reed (W.W. Norton & Company)
Biography or Autobiography
American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House by Jon Meacham (Random House)
The Shadow of Sirius by W.S. Merwin (Copper Canyon Press)
General Nonfiction
Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II by Douglas A. Blackmon (Doubleday)
Double Sextet by Steve Reich (Boosey & Hawkes)

Special Citations

There are no special citations for this time period.

Pulitzer Prize Board

The board overseeing the prizes

Press Releases


Public Service
Las Vegas Sun, and notably the courageous reporting by Alexandra Berzon
Breaking News Reporting
Staff of The New York Times
Investigative Reporting
David Barstow of The New York Times
Explanatory Reporting
Bettina Boxall and Julie Cart of Los Angeles Times
Local Reporting
Detroit Free Press Staff, and notably Jim Schaefer and M.L. Elrick

Ryan Gabrielson and Paul Giblin of East Valley Tribune, Mesa, AZ
National Reporting
Staff of St. Petersburg Times
International Reporting
Staff of The New York Times
Feature Writing
Lane DeGregory of St. Petersburg Times
Eugene Robinson of The Washington Post
Holland Cotter of The New York Times
Editorial Writing
Mark Mahoney of The Post-Star, Glens Falls, NY
Editorial Cartooning
Steve Breen of The San Diego Union-Tribune
Breaking News Photography
Patrick Farrell of The Miami Herald
Feature Photography
Damon Winter of The New York Times