Columbia University on Monday announced the 2012 Pulitzer Prize winners, and did not award a prize in the fiction category this year.
The Pulitzer is the most prestigious award in American journalism and one of the most important in literature.
Here are the winners in the journalism categories:
Public Service - The Philadelphia Inquirer
Breaking News Reporting - The Tuscaloosa (Ala.) News staff
Investigative Reporting - Matt Apuzzo, Adam Goldman, Eileen Sullivan and Chris Hawley of the Associated Press and Michael J. Berens and Ken Armstrong of The Seattle Times
Explanatory Reporting - David Kocieniewski of The New York Times
Local Reporting - Sara Ganim and members of The Patriot-News staff, Harrisburg, Pa.
National Reporting - David Wood of The Huffington Post
International Reporting - Jeffrey Gettleman of The New York Times
Feature Writing - Eli Sanders of The Stranger, a Seattle weekly
Commentary - Mary Schmich of the Chicago Tribune
Criticism - Wesley Morris of The Boston Globe
Editorial Writing - No award
Editorial Cartooning - Matt Wuerker of Politico
Breaking News Photography - Massoud Hossaini of Agence France-Presse
Feature Photography - Craig F. Walker of The Denver Post
The winners in the letters, drama and music categories are:
Fiction - No award
Drama - Water by the Spoonful by Quiara Alegría Hudes
History - Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention, by the late Manning Marable (Viking)
Biography - George F. Kennan: An American Life, by John Lewis Gaddis (The Penguin Press)
Poetry - Life on Mars by Tracy K. Smith (Graywolf Press)
General Nonfiction - The Swerve: How the World Became Modern, by Stephen Greenblatt (W.W. Norton and Company)
Music - Silent Night: Opera in Two Acts by Kevin Puts (Aperto Press)
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