Guardian and Washington Post win Pulitzer for Snowden NSA reporting

The Guardian newspaper and the Washington Post have just won the Pulitzer prize for their reporting on Edward Snowden’s leaks about the National Security Agency’s eavesdropping programs.

Glenn Greenwald (and many others) did the reporting for the Guardian. You can find the collection of Guardian stories that won the prize, and their associated bylines, here.

Laura Poitras (and many others) did the reporting for the Washington Post.  You can find the collection of Washington Post stories that won the prize, and their associated bylines, here.

Interestingly, the newspapers won Pulitzer’s “Public Service” award, which puts more of a value judgment, I’d argue, on the actual substance of the reporting, rather than just look at the quality of the reporting.

The Public Service award is the Pulitzer’s most prestigious, and it always goes to a publication, and not an individual.  More from the

The iconic Pulitzer Prize Gold Medal is awarded each year to the American new organization that wins the Public Service category. It is never awarded to an individual. However, through the years, the Medal has come to symbolize the entire Pulitzer program.

In 1918, a year after the Prizes began, the medal was designed by sculptor Daniel Chester French and his associate Henry Augustus Lukeman. French later gained fame for his seated Lincoln at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington. One side of the medal displays the profile of Benjamin Franklin, apparently based on the bust by French sculptor Jean-Antoine Houdon. Decorating the other side is a husky, bare-chested printer at work, his shirt draped across the end of a press. Surrounding the printer are the words: “For disinterested and meritorious public service rendered by an American newspaper during the year….”

The name of the winning news organization is inscribed on the Franklin side of the medal. The year of the award is memorialized on the other side.

The medal, about two and three-quarter inches in diameter and a quarter-inch thick, is not solid gold. It is silver with 24-carat gold plate and presented to the winning newspaper in an elegant cherry-wood box with brass hardware. has a nice history of the awards, controversies included, here.

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10 Responses to “Guardian and Washington Post win Pulitzer for Snowden NSA reporting”

  1. Buford says:

    ‘Rick Roberts is an idiot’… man, that WAS easy.

  2. Badgerite says:

    As far as I’m concerned, all he did was help Putin and those bureaucrats who don’t want any kind of free speech in China.

  3. 4th Turning says:

    Odd coincidence, zac and Jeff-same news cycle. There’s a story here for those who see where they’re looking…

    “I’m not angry at them. I don’t know, I’m just a weird person like that, I’m kind of sensitive and I feel bad for people that hurt other people ’cause it’s just awful. I feel bad for them.”

  4. ronbo says:

    Rick Roberts wants to have a beer with GW Bush… you know, the one who saved us from terrizm and prevented 9/11.

  5. BeccaM says:

    Ad hominem much?

  6. 2karmanot says:

    The insufferable Rick Roberts. Oh, brother.

  7. 2karmanot says:


  8. BeccaM says:

    A government that spies on its own citizens, which uses unsubstantiated assertions of national security to override laws and civil rights, which punitively punishes whistle-blowers and is increasingly lacking in transparency can hardly be called a constitutional democratic republic.

    I’d call it a well-deserved public service award, especially since in revelation after revelation, we’ve learned that not only do our national security agencies lie to us, the citizens, they’ve even been lying to those who are supposed to provide oversight in our names — Congress.

  9. Rick Roberts says:

    The insufferable Glenn Greenwald. Oh, brother.

  10. Lthomas320 says:


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