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Washington Post bags four Pulitzers

The journal bags the top US honour in journalistic exellence for many of its breathtaking investigative reports.

india Updated: Apr 18, 2006 20:06 IST

The Washington Post bagged four Pulitzer prizes, the top US honour for journalistic excellence, which include their investigative reports on lobbyist Jack Abramoff who returned legislative favours for big donations and the US secret prisons.

The 90th Pulitzer for journalism, drama and music were announced yesterday by the Columbia University, which gives the prizes on the recommendation of the 18-member Pulitzer board. This year, however, the board did not announce any prize for drama.

The Washington Post's Susan Schmidt, James Grimaldi and R Jeffrey were honoured for their investigative report on Abramoff, which exposed Congressional corruption.

Other prizes won by the journal includes an explanatory reporting for which David Finke was cited for his report on US attempt to bring democracy in Yemen and Dana Priest for beat report on secret prisons in Washington counter-terrorism campaign.

The fourth prize went to Robin Givhan for her writing on fashion.

The Pulitzer for international reporting went to Joseph Kahn and Jim Yardley of the New York Times for coverage of China's legal system.

The Times-Picayune of New Orleans and the Sun Herald of South Mississippi, the newspapers, which were hard, hit by Hurricane Katrina, were awarded the Pulitzer Prize for their reporting on the catastrophe even after the deadly storm damaged their offices.

March by Geraldine Brooks won the Pulitzer for fiction, Polio: an American Story by David M Oshinsky for History and American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J Robert Oppenheimer by Kai Bird and Martin J Sherwin won the Pulitzer for Biography.