The 2008 Pulitzer Prize Winners

International Reporting

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For a distinguished example of reporting on international affairs, in print or in print and online, Ten thousand dollars ($10,000).

Awarded to Steve Fainaru of The Washington Post for his heavily reported series on private security contractors in Iraq that operate outside most of the laws governing American forces.

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Richard Oppel, Pulitzer Board co-chair (left), presents the 2008 Pulitzer Prize in International Reporting to Steve Fainaru of The Washington Post.

Finalists

Also nominated as finalists in this category were: The New York Times Staff for its valorous and comprehensive coverage of America's military efforts to reduce sectarian violence in Iraq, and The Wall Street Journal Staff for its in-depth reports on the dismantling of democracy in Russia under the leadership of Vladimir Putin.