Pulitzer Prize for journalism on secret surveillance

The Guardian and the Washington Post newspapers were the big winners of the prestigious Pulitzer Prizes for public service journalism Monday, for their reporting on spying by American security agencies.

Pulizter announced the two news organizations shared the prize for Public Service:

Awarded to The Washington Post for its revelation of widespread secret surveillance by the National Security Agency, marked by authoritative and insightful reports that helped the public understand how the disclosures fit into the larger framework of national security.

Awarded to The Guardian US for its revelation of widespread secret surveillance by the National Security Agency, helping through aggressive reporting to spark a debate about the relationship between the government and the public over issues of security and privacy.

Here is the complete list of Pulitzer Prize winners:


  • Breaking News Reporting: The Boston Globe Staff
  • Investigative Reporting: Chris Hamby of The Center for Public Integrity, Washington, D.C.
  • Explanatory Reporting: Eli Saslow of The Washington Post
  • Local Reporting: Will Hobson and Michael LaForgia of the Tampa Bay Times
  • National Reporting: David Philipps of The Gazette, Colorado Springs, Colo.
  • International Reporting: Jason Szep and Andrew R. C. Marshall of Reuters
  • Feature Writing — No Award
  • Commentary: Stephen Henderson of the Detroit Free Press
  • Criticism:  Inga Saffron of The Philadelphia Inquirer
  • Editorial Writing: Editorial Staff of The Oregonian, Portland
  • Editorial Cartooning: Kevin Siers of The Charlotte Observer
  • Breaking News Photography: Tyler Hicks of The New York Times
  • Feature Photography: Josh Haner of The New York Times


  • Fiction:  The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt (Little, Brown)
  • Drama:  The Flick, by Annie Baker
  • History: The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772 – 1832, by Alan Taylor (W.W. Norton)
  • Biography:  Margaret Fuller: A New American Life, by Megan Marshall (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
  • Poetry:  3 Sections by Vijay Seshadri (Graywo lf Press)
  • General Nonfiction:  Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation, by Dan Fagin (Bantam Books)


  • Become Ocean, by John Luther Adams, premiered on June 20, 2013 by the Seattle Symphony (Taiga Press/Theodore Front Musical Literature)