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The Washington Post Wins 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service

The Washington Post won six Pulitzer Prizes Monday, including the prestigious Public Service award for its reporting on conditions of U.S. war veterans at the Walter Reed military hospital.

The 92nd annual Pulitzer Prizes in Journalism, Letters, Drama and Music were announced at Columbia University in New York City. The Public Service winner receives a gold medal, while winners in the remaining 20 categories receive $10,000.

The Post also won for:

— Breaking news reporting, for its coverage of the Virginia Tech massacre;

— National reporting, for its exploration of Vice President Cheney's backstage influence;

— International reporting, for a series on how private security contractors in Iraq operate outside the laws governing U.S. forces;

— Feature writing, to Gene Weingarten, for his story on a world-class violinist who plays in a subway station;

— Commentary, to Steven Pearlstein, for columns on the nation's economic problems.

The New York Times won two Pulitzers on Monday — one for investigative reporting, for stories on toxic ingredients in medicine and other products imported from China, and one for explanatory reporting, for examining the ethical issues surrounding DNA testing.

The Chicago Tribune also won in the investigative reporting category, for stories exposing faulty government regulation that resulted in recalls of car seats, toys and cribs.

The Pulitzers are journalism's highest honor, and the public service award is the most distinguished of all.

For the arts, Tracy Letts has won the Pulitzer Prize for drama for his brutal yet darkly comic play, "August: Osage County" and Bob Dylan has been awarded a special music citation.

Junot Diaz won the prize for fiction Monday for "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao."

Daniel Walker Howe won for history for "What Hath God Wrought: the Transformation of America, 1815-1848."

John Matteson won for biography for "Eden's Outcasts: The Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Father."

Saul Friedlander won the general nonfiction award for "The Years of Extermination: Nazi Germany and the Jews, 1939-1945."

Two prizes were awarded for poetry: Robert Hass for "Time and Materials" and Philip Schultz for "Failure."

David Lang won the music award for "The Little Match Girl Passion," which premiered Oct. 25, 2007 at Carnegie Hall in New York.

Dylan's citation noted his "profound impact on popular music and American culture."