- Associated Press - Monday, April 20, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) - Washington Post reporter Carol Leonnig has won a Pulitzer Prize in national reporting for her coverage of embarrassing security lapses at the Secret Service.

Leonnig won American journalism’s highest honor Monday. The award carries a $10,000 prize.

The Post reports that the 49-year-old Leonnig says her reporting involved “so many risks by public servants” who trusted her.

Because of them and other reporting staff, Leonnig says “we were able to peel back the layers of this secretive agency and get the administration to focus on the very strong likelihood that the agency was not all it pretended to be and that posed serious risks for the president.”

Leonnig also was part of the Post team that won a 2014 Pulitzer for reporting on the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs.

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