The 2008 Pulitzer Prize Winners

Public Service

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For a distinguished example of meritorious public service by a newspaper through the use of its journalistic resources which, as well as reporting, may include editorials, cartoons, photographs, graphics and online material, a gold medal.

Awarded to The Washington Post for the work of Dana Priest, Anne Hull and photographer Michel du Cille in exposing mistreatment of wounded veterans at Walter Reed Hospital, evoking a national outcry and producing reforms by federal officials.


Richard Oppel, Pulitzer Board co-chair (left), presents the Public Service prize to (l-r) Anne Hull, Dana Priest, Michel du Cille, David Maraniss and Leonard Downie Jr. of The Washington Post.


Also nominated as finalists in this category were: The Charlotte Observer for its illuminating examination of the mortgage and housing crisis in the newspaper's community and state, resulting in federal probes and changes in a major lender's practices, and Newsday, Long Island, N.Y., for its comprehensive investigation into the hazardous gap between a New York railroad's trains and its boarding platforms, spotlighting individual injuries and triggering a multi-million-dollar remedy by the railway.