The 2008 Pulitzer Prize Winners

Breaking News Reporting

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For a distinguished example of local reporting of breaking news, presented in print or online or both, Ten thousand dollars ($10,000).

Awarded to The Washington Post Staff for its exceptional, multi-faceted coverage of the deadly shooting rampage at Virginia Tech, telling the developing story in print and online.


Richard Oppel, Pulitzer Board co-chair (left), presents the 2008 Pulitzer Prize in Breaking News Reporting to Bob McCartney (center) and Mike Semel of The Washington Post.


Also nominated as finalists in this category were: The Idaho Statesman Staff for its tenacious coverage of the twists and turns in the scandal involving the state's senator, Larry Craig, and The New York Times Staff for its swift, penetrating coverage of a fire in the Bronx that killed nine persons, eight of them children.