The 2009 Pulitzer Prize Winners

National Reporting

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

Awarded to the St. Petersburg Times Staff for “PolitiFact,” its fact-checking initiative during the 2008 presidential campaign that used probing reporters and the power of the World Wide Web to examine more than 750 political claims, separating rhetoric from truth to enlighten voters. (Moved by the Board to the National Reporting category.)

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Lee C. Bollinger, President of Columbia University (left), presents the 2009 National Reporting prize to (l-r) Bill Adair, Scott Montgomery and Neil Brown of the St. Petersburg Times.

Finalists

Nominated as finalists in this category were: Amy Goldstein and Dana Priest of The Washington Post for their relentless exploration of America’s network of immigration detention centers, melding reporting and computer analysis to expose sometimes deadly abuses and spur corrective steps; John Shiffman, John Sullivan and Tom Avril of The Philadelphia Inquirer for their exhaustive reports on how political interests have eroded the mission of the Environmental Protection Agency and placed the nation’s environment in greater jeopardy, setting the stage for remedial action; and The Wall Street Journal Staff for its highly detailed coverage of the collapse of America’s financial system, explicating key decisions, capturing the sense of calamity and charting the human toll.