The 2008 Pulitzer Prize Winners

National Reporting

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Jo Becker and Barton Gellman

Jo Becker worked at The Washington Post from 2000 through mid-2007. She covered local and state politics before joining the investigative projects team. Previously, she worked for the St. Petersburg Times, the Concord Monitor and the "MacNeil-Lehrer NewsHour.

Becker's honors include the Livingston Award in 1998 for her coverage of corruption in local government and, most recently, the Selden Ring Award for reporting on lead in Water systems across the country Becker, who has a bachelor's degree from the University of Colorado, is now an investigative reporter for The New York Times.




Barton Gellman is a special projects reporter on the national staff of The Washington Post, after tours as diplomatic correspondent, Jerusalem bureau chief, Pentagon correspondent and D.C. Superior Court reporter.

Gellman shared the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting in 2002 and has been a jury-nominated finalist (for individual and team entries) three times. His work has also been honored by the Overseas Press Club of America, the Society of Professional Journalists (Sigma Delta Chi) and the American Society of Newspaper Editors.

Gellman graduated summa cüm laude from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University and earned a master's degree in politics at University College, Oxford, as a Rhodes Scholar.

He is the author of "Contending With Kennan: Toward a Philosophy of American Power," a study of the post-World War II "containment" doctrine and of its architect, George F. Kennan.