The 2009 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 Las Vegas Sun, and notably the courageous reporting by Alexandra Berzon, for the exposure of the high death rate among construction workers on the Las Vegas Strip amid lax enforcement of regulations, leading to changes in policy and improved safety conditions.


Las Vegas Sun winners

Lee C. Bollinger, President of Columbia University (left), presents the 2009 Public Service prize to (l-r) Alexandra Berzon, Michael Kelley and Brian Greenspun of the Las Vegs Sun.


Also nominated as finalists in this category were: The New York Times for its comprehensive coverage of the economic meltdown of 2008, setting a standard for depth and sophistication while making the arcane world of finance and banking accessible to an often bewildered public; and the St. Petersburg Times 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.)