In a gesture Edward Snowden described today as “a vindication for everyone who believes that the public has a role in government,” the Pulitzer committee has awarded American journalism’s highest honor to Britain’s The Guardian and to The Washington Post for their ongoing coverage of Snowden’s bombshell revelation of the scope of domestic and international U.S. government spying.
The shared Pulitzer Prize for public service was announced for both publications Monday.
The Pulitzer is a U.S. award for achievements in journalism, literature and music. It was established in 1917 by provisions in the will of American publisher Joseph Pulitzer.
Recipients in each category are awarded $10,000, with the winners in the public service category also receiving a gold medal. Here is the complete list of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize winners:
Public Service — Two Prizes: The Guardian US and The Washington Post
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: The 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
Books, Drama And Music
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 (Graywolf Press)
General Nonfiction: Toms River: A Story Of Science And Salvation by Dan Fagin (Bantam Books)
Music: “Become Ocean” by John Luther Adams (Taiga Press/Theodore Front)
UPI contributed to this report.