The 2010 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 Matt Richtel and members of The New York Times Staff for incisive work, in print and online, on the hazardous use of cell phones, computers and other devices while operating cars and trucks, stimulating widespread efforts to curb distracted driving.


Matt Richtel

Lee C. Bollinger, President of Columbia University (left), presents the 2010 National Reporting prize to Matt Richtel of The New York Times.


Also nominated as finalists in this category were: Ken Bensinger and Ralph Vartabedian of the Los Angeles Times for their tenacious reporting on how design flaws and weak federal oversight contributed to a potentially lethal problem with Toyota vehicles, resulting in corrective steps and a congressional inquiry; and Greg Gordon, Kevin G. Hall and Chris Adams of McClatchy Newspapers for their examination of the nation’s financial collapse and notably a powerful series on the involvement of Goldman Sachs, leading to federal inquiries into Goldman’s practices.