The 2014 Pulitzer Prizes were awarded by the Pulitzer Prize Board for work during the 2013 calendar year. The deadline for entries was January 25, 2014. Prize winners and nominated finalists were announced on April 14, 2014.
The Washington Post and The Guardian US shared the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, often considered the top prize for journalism. The two papers were honored for their coverage of the disclosures about surveillance done by the US National Security Agency. Edward Snowden, who leaked security documents to the two newspapers, said the award was "vindication for everyone who believes that the public has a role in government." Other journalism honored included the Boston Globe's coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings, Chris Hamby for investigative reporting, and Eli Saslow for explanatory reporting.
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. The judges described the novel, which took Tartt 11 years to write, as "a beautifully written coming-of-age novel with exquisitely drawn characters". In addition to the award itself, Tartt received a $100,000 cash prize. She said she was "surprised" and "very happy" to receive the award, her first major literary prize. Over all, the novel has drawn "mixed reviews" from literary critics. Other contenders for the fiction prize included The Son by Philipp Meyer and The Woman Who Lost Her Soul by Bob Shacochis. Vijay Seshadri won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for his collection 3 Sections. Other literary winners included The Internal Enemy by Alan Taylor, Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation by Dan Fagin, and Megan Marshall's biography of Margaret Fuller.
There were 20 prizes awarded in 21 categories – no award in the category Feature Writing.
|The Washington Post "for its revelation of widespread secret surveillance by the National Security Agency, marked by authoritative and insightful reports that helped the public understand how the disclosures fit into the larger framework of national security."|
|The Guardian US "for its revelation of widespread secret surveillance by the National Security Agency, helping through aggressive reporting to spark a debate about the relationship between the government and the public over issues of security and privacy."|
|Newsday, Long Island, N.Y., "for its use of in-depth reporting and digital tools to expose shootings, beatings and other concealed misconduct by some Long Island police officers, leading to the formation of a grand jury and an official review of police accountability."|
|Breaking News Reporting|
|The Boston Globe Staff "for its exhaustive and empathetic coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings and the ensuing manhunt that enveloped the city, using photography and a range of digital tools to capture the full impact of the tragedy."|
|The Arizona Republic Staff, "for its compelling coverage of a fast-moving wildfire that claimed the lives of 19 firefighters and destroyed more than a hundred homes, using an array of journalistic tools to tell the story."|
|The Washington Post Staff, "for its alert, in-depth coverage of the mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard, employing a mix of platforms to tell a developing story with accuracy and sensitivity."|
|Chris Hamby of The Center for Public Integrity, Washington, D.C. "for his reports on how some lawyers and doctors rigged a system to deny benefits to coal miners stricken with black lung disease, resulting in remedial legislative efforts."|
|Megan Twohey of Reuters, "for her exposure of an underground Internet marketplace where parents could bypass social welfare regulations and get rid of children they had adopted overseas but no longer wanted, the stories triggering governmental action to curb the practice."|
|Cynthia Hubert and Phillip Reese of The Sacramento Bee, "for their probe of a Las Vegas mental hospital that used commercial buses to "dump" more than 1,500 psychiatric patients in 48 states over five years, reporting that brought an end to the practice and the firing of hospital employees."|
|Eli Saslow of The Washington Post "for his unsettling and nuanced reporting on the prevalence of food stamps in post-recession America, forcing readers to grapple with issues of poverty and dependency."|
|Dennis Overbye of The New York Times, "for his authoritative illumination of the race by two competing teams of 3,000 scientists and technicians over a seven-year period to discover what physicists call the 'God particle'."|
|Les Zaitz of The Oregonian, Portland, "for chilling narratives that, at personal risk to him and his sources, revealed how lethal Mexican drug cartels infiltrated Oregon and other regions of the country."|
|Will Hobson and Michael LaForgia of the Tampa Bay Times "for their relentless investigation into the squalid conditions that marked housing for the city’s substantial homeless population, leading to swift reforms."|
|Joan Garrett McClane, Todd South, Doug Strickland and Mary Helen Miller of the Chattanooga Times Free Press, "for using an array of journalistic tools to explore the "no-snitch" culture that helps perpetuate a cycle of violence in one of the most dangerous cities in the South."|
|Rebecca D. O’Brien and Thomas Mashberg of The Record, Woodland Park, New Jersey, "for their jarring exposure of how heroin has permeated the suburbs of northern New Jersey, profiling addicts and anguished families and mapping the drug pipeline from South America to their community."|
|David Philipps of The Gazette, Colorado Springs, CO "for expanding the examination of how wounded combat veterans are mistreated, focusing on loss of benefits for life after discharge by the Army for minor offenses, stories augmented with digital tools and stirring congressional action."|
|John Emshwiller and Jeremy Singer-Vine of The Wall Street Journal, "for their reports and searchable database on the nation’s often overlooked factories and research centers that once produced nuclear weapons and now pose contamination risks."|
|Jon Hilsenrath of The Wall Street Journal, "for his exploration of the Federal Reserve, a powerful but little understood national institution."|
|Jason Szep and Andrew R. C. Marshall of Reuters "for their courageous reports on the violent persecution of the Rohingya, a Muslim minority in Myanmar that, in efforts to flee the country, often falls victim to predatory human-trafficking networks."|
|Rukmini Callimachi of the Associated Press, "for her discovery and fearless exploration of internal documents that shattered myths and deepened understanding of the global terrorist network of al-Qaida."|
|Raja Abdulrahim and Patrick McDonnell of the Los Angeles Times, "for their vivid coverage of the Syrian civil war, showing at grave personal risk how both sides of the conflict contribute to the bloodshed, fear and corruption that define daily life."|
|Scott Farwell of The Dallas Morning News, "for his story about a young woman's struggle to live a normal life after years of ghastly child abuse, an examination of human resilience in the face of depravity."|
|Christopher Goffard of the Los Angeles Times, "for his account of an ex-police officer’s nine-day killing spree in Southern California, notable for its pacing, character development and rich detail."|
|Mark Johnson of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "for his meticulously told tale about a group of first-year medical students in their gross anatomy class and the relationships they develop with one another and the nameless corpse on the table, an account enhanced by multimedia elements."|
|Stephen Henderson of Detroit Free Press "for his columns on the financial crisis facing his hometown, written with passion and a stirring sense of place, sparing no one in their critique."|
|Kevin Cullen of The Boston Globe, "for his street-wise local columns that capture the spirit of a city, especially after its famed Marathon was devastated by terrorist bombings."|
|Lisa Falkenberg of the Houston Chronicle, "for her provocative metro columns written from the perspective of a sixth-generation Texan, often challenging the powerful and giving voice to the voiceless."|
|Inga Saffron of The Philadelphia Inquirer "for her criticism of architecture that blends expertise, civic passion and sheer readability into arguments that consistently stimulate and surprise."|
|Mary McNamara of the Los Angeles Times, "for her trenchant and witty television criticism, engaging readers through essays and reviews that feature a conversational style and the force of fresh ideas."|
|Jen Graves of The Stranger, Seattle, "for her visual arts criticism that, with elegant and vivid description, informs readers about how to look at the complexities of contemporary art and the world in which it's made."|
|Editorial Staff of The Oregonian, Portland "for its lucid editorials that explain the urgent but complex issue of rising pension costs, notably engaging readers and driving home the link between necessary solutions and their impact on everyday lives."|
|Dante Ramos of The Boston Globe, "for his evocative editorials urging Boston to become a more modern, around-the-clock city by shedding longtime restrictions and removing bureaucratic obstacles that can sap its vitality."|
|Andie Dominick of The Des Moines Register, "for her diligent editorials challenging Iowa’s arcane licensing laws that regulate occupations ranging from cosmetologists to dentists and often protect practitioners more than the public."|
|Kevin Siers of The Charlotte Observer "for his thought provoking cartoons drawn with a sharp wit and bold artistic style."|
|David Horsey of the Los Angeles Times, "for his wide ranging cartoons that blend skillful caricature with irreverence, causing readers both to laugh and think."|
|Pat Bagley of The Salt Lake Tribune, "for his adroit use of images and words that cut to the core of often emotional issues for his readership."|
|Breaking News Photography|
|Tyler Hicks of The New York Times "for his compelling pictures that showed skill and bravery in documenting the unfolding terrorist attack at Westgate mall in Kenya."|
|John Tlumacki and David L. Ryan of The Boston Globe, "for their searing photographs that captured the shock, chaos and heroism after the bloody Boston Marathon bombings."|
|Goran Tomasevic of Reuters, "for his sequence of photographs that chronicle two hours of fierce combat on the rebel frontline in Syria's civil war."|
|Josh Haner of The New York Times "for his moving essay on a Boston Marathon bomb blast victim who lost most of both legs and now is painfully rebuilding his life."|
|Lacy Atkins of the San Francisco Chronicle, "for her revealing portrait of an Oakland school's efforts to help African-American boys avoid neighborhood risks and profit from education."|
|Michael Williamson of The Washington Post, "for his portfolio of pictures exploring the multi-faceted impact of the nation’s food stamp program on 47 million recipients."|
|The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (Little, Brown), "a beautifully written coming-of-age novel with exquisitely drawn characters that follows a grieving boy’s entanglement with a small famous painting that has eluded destruction, a book that stimulates the mind and touches the heart."|
|The Son by Philipp Meyer (Ecco), "a sweeping multi-generational novel that illuminates the violence and enterprise of the American West by tracing a Texas family’s passage from lethal frontier perils to immense oil-boom wealth."|
|The Woman Who Lost Her Soul by Bob Shacochis (Atlantic Monthly Press), "a novel spanning 50 years and three continents that explores the murky world of American foreign policy before 9/11, using provocative themes to raise difficult moral questions."|
|The Flick by Annie Baker, "a thoughtful drama with well-crafted characters that focuses on three employees of a Massachusetts art-house movie theater, rendering lives rarely seen on the stage."|
|The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence by Madeleine George, "a cleverly constructed play that uses several historical moments – from the 1800s to the 2010s – to meditate on the technological advancements that bring people together and tear them apart."|
|Fun Home by Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori, "a poignant musical adaptation of a graphic memoir by cartoonist Alison Bechdel, exploring sexual identity amid complicated family constraints and relationships."|
|The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772–1832 by Alan Taylor (W. W. Norton), "a meticulous and insightful account of why runaway slaves in the colonial era were drawn to the British side as potential liberators."|
|A Dreadful Deceit: The Myth of Race from the Colonial Era to Obama's America by Jacqueline Jones (Basic Books), "a deeply researched examination of how race as a social invention has retained its power to organize, mark and harm the lives of Americans."|
|Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident and the Illusion of Safety by Eric Schlosser (The Penguin Press), "a chilling history of the management of America’s nuclear arsenal, exploring the fateful challenges and chronicling the “near misses” that could have triggered a cataclysm."|
|Biography or Autobiography|
|Margaret Fuller: A New American Life by Megan Marshall (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), "a richly researched book that tells the remarkable story of a 19th century author, journalist, critic and pioneering advocate of women’s rights who died in a shipwreck."|
|Jonathan Swift: His Life and His World by Leo Damrosch (Yale University Press), "a seminal work that illuminates the famous yet enigmatic satirist who was also a crucial figure in 18th century Anglo-Irish politics."|
|Karl Marx: A Nineteenth-Century Life by Jonathan Sperber (Liveright), "an impressively researched work that provides a fresh perspective on Marx and his ideas by placing him in the social and intellectual swirl of the 1800s."|
|3 Sections by Vijay Seshadri (Graywolf Press), "a compelling collection of poems that examine human consciousness, from birth to dementia, in a voice that is by turns witty and grave, compassionate and remorseless."|
|The Sleep of Reason by Morri Creech (The Waywiser Press), "a book of masterly poems that capture the inner experience of a man in mid-life who is troubled by mortality and the passage of time, traditional themes that are made to feel new."|
|The Big Smoke by Adrian Matejka (Penguin), "an imaginative work by a commanding poet who engages the history and mythology of larger-than-life boxer Jack Johnson."|
|Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation by Dan Fagin (Bantam Books), "a book that deftly combines investigative reporting and historical research to probe a New Jersey seashore town’s cluster of childhood cancers linked to water and air pollution."|
|The Blood Telegram: Nixon, Kissinger and a Forgotten Genocide by Gary J. Bass (Alfred A. Knopf), "a disquieting exploration of the role played by the American president and his national security advisor in the 1971 Pakistani civil war, a bloodbath that killed hundreds of thousands and created millions of refugees."|
|The Insurgents: David Petraeus and the Plot to Change the American Way of War by Fred Kaplan (Simon & Schuster), "an engrossing look at how a tenacious general became the ringleader of efforts to reshape America’s military strategy in the post-Cold War age."|
|Pulitzer Prize for Music|
|Become Ocean by John Luther Adams (Taiga Press/Theodore Front Musical Literature), "a haunting orchestral work that suggests a relentless tidal surge, evoking thoughts of melting polar ice and rising sea levels."|
|The Gospel According to the Other Mary by John Adams, "a monumental oratorio about the final period of Christ’s life that is marked by impassioned music “sometimes forceful, sometimes lyrical” and an ingenious variety of evocative sounds."|
|Invisible Cities by Christopher Cerrone, "a captivating opera based on a novel by Italo Calvino in which Marco Polo regales Kublai Khan with tales of fantastical cities, adapted into an imaginary sonic landscape."|
Not awarded in 2014.
The Goldfinch has drawn mixed reviews
Andrew R.C. Marshall (born 1967) is a British journalist and author living in Bangkok, Thailand. In January 2012 he joined Reuters news agency as Southeast Asia Special Correspondent. He won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting along with Jason Szep for their report on the violent persecution of the Rohingya, a Muslim minority in Myanmar. . He won his second Pulitzer, the 2018 prize, also for international reporting, along with Clare Baldwin and Manuel Mogato, for exposing the methods of police killing squads in Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs. He graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1989 with an MA in English Literature.In The Trouser People: a Story of Burma in the Shadow of the Empire, Marshall recounts the adventures of Sir George Scott as he bullied his way through uncharted jungle to establish British colonial rule in Burma and recounts his own adventures as he revisits many of the same places that Scott visited. Marshall is co-author of The Cult at the End of the World, a study of the Aum Shinrikyo.Annie Baker
Annie Baker (born April 1981) is an American playwright and teacher who won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for her play The Flick. Among her works are the Shirley, Vermont plays, which take place in the fictional town of Shirley: Circle Mirror Transformation, Body Awareness, and The Aliens. She was named a MacArthur Fellow for 2017.Ashkan Soltani
Ashkan Soltani was the Chief Technologist of the Federal Trade Commission. He was previously an independent privacy and security researcher, based in Washington, DC.
Between 2010 and 2011, he worked for the US Federal Trade Commission as a staff technologist in the Division of Privacy and Identity Protection, where he assisted with the investigations of Google and Facebook. He has also worked as the primary technical consultant to the Wall Street Journal's What They Know series investigating online privacy.
In 2011, he testified at two different hearings held by US Senate committees focused on privacy related matters. Julia Angwin, in her 2014 book Dragnet Nation, describes Soltani as 'the leading technical expert on ad tracking technology'. He was part of the team at The Washington Post that shared the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service with The Guardian US and earned the 2014 Gerald Loeb Award for Large Newspapers for their coverage of the disclosures about surveillance done by the US National Security Agency.Carol D. Leonnig
Carol Duhurst Leonnig is an American investigative journalist. Leonnig has been a staff writer at The Washington Post since 2000, and was part of a team of national security reporters that won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. The Post team's prize was for reporting that revealed the NSA's expanded spying on Americans.Dan Fagin
Dan Fagin (born February 1, 1963) is an American journalist who specializes in environmental science. He won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction for his best-selling book Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation. Toms River also won the Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism, the National Academies Communication Award, and the Rachel Carson Environment Book Award of the Society of Environmental Journalists, among other literary prizes.Eli Saslow
Eli Eric Saslow (born May 15, 1982) is an American journalist who writes for The Washington Post and ESPN The Magazine. He is a 2014 winner of the Pulitzer Prize, a recipient of the George Polk award and other honors. He was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in feature writing in 2013, 2016 and 2017. He is the author of Ten Letters: The Stories Americans Tell Their President (Random House, 2012), and four of his works have appeared in the anthology The Best American Sports Writing.He attended Heritage High School, in Littleton, Colorado, graduating in 2000, and is a 2004 graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.Inga Saffron
Inga Saffron (born November 9, 1957) is an American journalist. She won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Criticism while writing for The Philadelphia Inquirer.Kevin Siers
Kevin Siers is an American editorial cartoonist for The Charlotte Observer and is syndicated by King Features. He was awarded the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning.Laura Poitras
Laura Poitras (; born February 2, 1964) is an American director and producer of documentary films. She lives in New York City.Poitras has received numerous awards for her work, including the 2015 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature for Citizenfour, about Edward Snowden, while My Country, My Country received a nomination in the same category in 2007. She won the 2013 George Polk Award for "national security reporting" related to the NSA disclosures. The NSA reporting by Poitras, Glenn Greenwald, Ewen MacAskill, and Barton Gellman contributed to the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service awarded jointly to The Guardian and The Washington Post.She is a MacDowell Colony Fellow, 2012 MacArthur Fellow, the creator of Field of Vision, and one of the initial supporters of the Freedom of the Press Foundation.
She was awarded the George Polk Award for National Reporting in 1984 and the I.F. Stone Medal for Journalistic Independence by Harvard's Nieman Foundation in 2014.Megan Marshall
Megan Marshall (born June 8, 1954) is an American scholar, writer, and biographer.
Her first biography The Peabody Sisters: Three Women Who Ignited American Romanticism (2005) earned her a place as a finalist for the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography.
Her second biography Margaret Fuller: A New American Life (2013) is a richly detailed account of Margaret Fuller, the 19th-century author, journalist, and women’s rights advocate who perished in a shipwreck off New York’s Fire Island. It won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography.Nocturama (play)
Nocturama is a play by American playwright Annie Baker, who won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. It is one of her four plays set in fictional Shirley, Vermont. The play was developed at the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab and was workshopped at the Cape Cod Theatre Project in 2008.Ron Charles (critic)
Ron Charles (born 1962 in St. Louis, Missouri) is a book critic at The Washington Post. His awards include the 2008 National Book Critics Circle Award Nona Balakian Citation for book reviews, and 1st Place for A&E Coverage from the Society for Features Journalism in 2011. He was one of three jurors for the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction.Before joining the Post in 2005, Charles was the book review editor and staff critic for seven years at The Christian Science Monitor.Sometime after August 2010, with his review of Jonathan Franzen's Freedom, Charles began a series of video book reviews for The Washington Post called "The Totally Hip Video Book Review". In the series, Charles, sometimes featuring his wife, high school English teacher Dawn Charles, hams it up with sight gags and intentionally bad jokes. It is a satirical look at current books in the news and the art of book reviewing.Stephen Henderson (journalist)
Stephen Henderson (born November 23, 1970) is an American journalist. Henderson won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for commentary and the 2014 National Association of Black Journalists Journalist of the Year Award while writing for the Detroit Free Press.The Flick
The Flick is a play by Annie Baker that received the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and won the 2013 Obie Award for Playwriting. The Flick premiered Off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons in 2013.The Goldfinch (novel)
The Goldfinch is a novel by the American author Donna Tartt. It won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, among other honors. Published in 2013, it was Tartt's first novel since The Little Friend in 2002.The novel is a coming-of-age tale told in the first person. The protagonist, 13-year-old Theodore Decker, survives a terrorist bombing at an art museum where his mother dies. While staggering through the debris, he takes with him a small Dutch Golden Age painting called The Goldfinch. It becomes a singular source of hope for him as he descends into a world of crime.
The painting is one of the few surviving works by Rembrandt's most promising pupil, Carel Fabritius. (Almost all of Fabritius' works were destroyed in the Delft explosion of 1654, in which the artist himself was killed.)The Gospel According to the Other Mary
The Gospel According to the Other Mary is an opera/oratorio by contemporary American composer John Adams. The world premiere took place on May 31, 2012, at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles with Gustavo Dudamel conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic who also premiered the staged version on March 7, 2013, at the same venue.The work focuses on the final few weeks of the life of Jesus, including his passion, from the point of view of "the other Mary", Mary Magdalene, her sister Martha, and her brother, Lazarus. The libretto by Peter Sellars draws its texts from the Old Testament and New Testament of the Bible and from Rosario Castellanos, Rubén Darío, Dorothy Day, Louise Erdrich, Hildegard von Bingen, June Jordan, and Primo Levi.
The Gospel According to the Other Mary was a finalist for the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Music.Toms River
The Toms River is a 41.7-mile-long (67.1 km) freshwater river and estuary in Ocean County, New Jersey in the United States.
The Toms River rises in the Pine Barrens of northern Ocean County and flows southeast and east, fed by several branches, in a meandering course through wetland area and empties into Barnegat Bay, an inlet of the Atlantic Ocean. The lower 5 mi (8 km) of the river is a broad tidal estuary navigable within the community of Toms River. The lowest reaches of the river provide convenient locations for marinas and yacht clubs and excellent points from which to go fishing and crabbing. Canoeing and kayaking are also popular pursuits on the Toms. The river can be paddled for 21.7 miles (34.9 km) from Don Connor Boulevard below Route 528 all the way to Barnegat Bay.In the 1960s, the lower river was found to have been polluted for many years from the open discharge of waste from a Ciba Geigy dye manufacturing plant. This was considered to have been the cause of a cancer cluster of leukaemia in the Toms River township that led to multimillion-dollar compensation payments to the families involved. There is a 'great deal of uncertainty' as to whether the pollution was a causal factor in the cancer cluster. A 2014 Pulitzer Prize winning book, Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation, examined the issue in detail. Recent public-private coalitions to restore the river and to purchase and preserve the wetland areas near its source in the Pinelands have resulted in an increase in water quality.
The Toms River was known as Goose Creek until it was renamed in the early 18th century either for English captain William Toms, farmer and ferryman Thomas Luker, or a Native American named Tom. The name was first Tom's River, then changed just to Toms River. The settlement that was founded in 1712 along the river subsequently took the name as well.Toms River (book)
Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation is a 2013 non-fiction book by the American author Dan Fagin. It is about the dumping of industrial pollution by chemical companies in Toms River, New Jersey beginning in 1952 through the 1980s, and the epidemiological investigations of a cancer cluster that subsequently emerged there. The book won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction, the 2014 Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism, and the 2014 National Academies Communication Award.Vijay Seshadri
Vijay Seshadri (born February 13, 1954) is an American, Brooklyn, New York–based poet, essayist and literary critic.
Vijay won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for poetry, for 3 Sections.