Top Pulitzer Prize Goes to Small Newspaper
Post and Courier of Charleston, SC, wins prestigious public service prize
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 20, 2015 3:40 PM CDT
Editorial employees work in the newsroom at the headquarters of The Associated Press in New York on Tuesday, May 14, 2013.   (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

(Newser) – Ready or not, the Pulitzer Prizes are out, with a fairly small newspaper winning the most prestigious prize for reporting. The Post and Courier of Charleston, SC, staffed by 80 people, won the gold medal for public service for its series "Till Death Do Us Part," about the high number of fatalities resulting from domestic abuse in South Carolina, the New York Times reports. Eric Lipton won for investigative reporting, thanks to his Times series on lobbyists and lawyers pressuring attorneys general to make things easy on their clients. The Wall Street Journal shared the prize for its "Medicare Unmasked" project, which revealed confidential information on health care providers' behavior and motivations, the AP reports. Among other winners:

  • National Reporting: Carol Leonnig for her Washington Post series on security lapses at the Secret Service, the Post reports. (See samples here, here, and here.) The repercussions led to President Obama replacing the Secret Service's director and other top officers.
  • Breaking News Reporting: The Seattle Times for its stories on a landslide that left 43 people dead.
  • Explanatory Reporting: Zachary Mider for an account at Bloomberg News of how US lawmakers struggle to stop corporations from dodging taxes.
  • Non-journalism prizes include: Fiction: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr; History: Encounters at the Heart of the World: A History of the Mandan People by Elizabeth Fenn; General Nonfiction: The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert; Drama: Between Riverside and Crazy by Stephen Adly Guirgis; Biography or Autobiography: The Pope and Mussolini: The Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise of Fascism in Europe by David Kertzer.
See the complete list of winners and finalists at the AP.