AP Wins Pulitzer for Stories on NYPD Spying
The Associated Press won a Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting Monday for documenting the New York Police Department’s spying on Muslims, while The Philadelphia Inquirer was honored in the public service category for its examination of violence in the city’s schools.
The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pa., won for local reporting for breaking the Penn State sexual abuse scandal that eventually brought down legendary football coach Joe Paterno.
A second Pulitzer for investigative reporting went to The Seattle Times for a series about accidental methadone overdoses among patients with chronic pain.
The New York Times won two Pulitzers, for explanatory and international reporting.
The Huffington Post received its first Pulitzer, in national reporting, for its exploration of the challenges facing American veterans wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The judges declined to award a prize for editorial writing. Last year, they passed on giving out any breaking news prize.
The AP’s series of stories showed how New York police, with the help of a CIA official, created a unique and aggressive surveillance program to monitor Muslim neighborhoods, businesses and houses of worship.