The 2009 Pulitzer Prize Winners

Breaking News Reporting

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For a distinguished example of local reporting of breaking news, with special emphasis on the speed and accuracy of the initial coverage, presented in print or online or both, Ten thousand dollars ($10,000).

Awarded to The New York Times Staff for its swift and sweeping coverage of a sex scandal that resulted in the resignation of Gov. Eliot Spitzer, breaking the story on its Web site and then developing it with authoritative, rapid-fire reports.


New York Times Staff

Lee C. Bollinger, President of Columbia University (left), presents the 2009 Breaking News Reporting prize to (l-r) Danny Hakim, William Rashbaum and Joe Sexton of The New York Times.


Also nominated as finalists in this category were: the Houston Chronicle Staff for taking full advantage of online technology and its newsroom expertise to become a lifeline to the city when Hurricane Ike struck, providing vital minute-by-minute updates on the storm, its flood surge and its aftermath; and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Staff for its creative and aggressive coverage, both online and in print, of a city hall shooting that left six people dead, displaying an exemplary blend of speed and rigor in its reporting.