- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 9, 2002

NEW YORK (AP) The New York Times won a record seven Pulitzer Prizes in journalism yesterday, including the public service award for "A Nation Challenged," a daily stand-alone section on the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks and the war in Afghanistan.
In breaking news reporting, the staff of the Wall Street Journal won for its coverage of the attacks on the World Trade Center.
The staff of the Times won the explanatory reporting award for its coverage before and after the September 11 attacks that profiled the global terrorism network and the threats it posed.
In international reporting, Barry Bearak of the Times won for his coverage of life in Afghanistan. The newspaper also won photography awards for breaking news and features.
In commentary, the Times' Thomas Friedman won for his columns on the worldwide impact of the terrorist threat.
For national reporting, the staff of The Washington Post won for comprehensive coverage of the war on terrorism.
For beat reporting, Gretchen Morgenson of the Times won for her coverage of Wall Street.
In investigative reporting, three writers for The Post won for a series that exposed the District's role in the neglect and deaths of 229 children placed in protective care.
Barry Siegel of the Los Angeles Times won the feature-writing prize for his story about a man tried for negligence in the death of his son.
Alex Raksin and Bob Sipchen of the Los Angeles newspaper won in editorial writing and the editorial cartooning prize went to Clay Bennett of the Christian Science Monitor.
The criticism prize was awarded to Justin Davidson of Newsday for his coverage of classical music.
In art awards, the Pulitzer Prize for drama was awarded to Suzan-Lori Parks for her play "Topdog/Underdog," touching on themes of family wounds and healing.
The prize for biography went to David McCullough for "John Adams." It was Mr. McCullough's second Pulitzer; his first was for "Truman" in 1993.
In the fiction category, the Pulitzer was awarded to Richard Russo for "Empire Falls."
The Pulitzer for general nonfiction went to Diane McWhorter for "Carry Me Home: Birmingham, Alabama, the Climactic Battle of the Civil Rights Revolution."
The poetry award went to Carl Dennis for "Practical Gods."

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