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Boston Globe wins Pulitzer for coverage of bombing; awards honor stories on US spy programs

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    ADDS IDENTIFICATION - In this photo released by The Boston Globe, editor Brian McGrory, center, and Metro Editor Jennifer Peter, third from left, smile in the newsroom, Monday, April 14, 2014 in Boston. The Globe was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for breaking news for coverage of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings. Monday's announcement came as the city prepares for Tuesday's anniversary of the bombing. (AP Photo/The Boston Globe, Jessica Rinaldi)The Associated Press

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    In this photo released by The Boston Globe, editor Brian McGrory and members of the newsroom applaud after The Globe was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for breaking news for coverage of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, Monday, April 14, 2014, in Boston. Monday's announcement came as the city prepares for Tuesday's anniversary of the bombing. (AP Photo/The Boston Globe, Jessica Rinaldi)The Associated Press

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    In this photo provided by The New York Times, Michele McNally, center, director of photography and assistant managing editor of The New York Times, is flanked by photographers Tyler Hicks, left, and Josh Haner after it was announced in the New York newsroom that Hicks and Haner had won Pulitzer Prizes for their work, Monday, April 14, 2014. Hicks won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in breaking news photography for his coverage of a terrorist attack at an upscale mall in Nairobi, Kenya, that left more than 60 people dead. Haner was awarded the Pulitzer in feature photography for his images of the slow and painful recovery process for a survivor of the Boston Marathon bombing. (AP Photo/The New York Times, Richard Perry)The Associated Press

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    FILE - In this Friday, April 11, 2014, file photo, journalist Glenn Greenwald, left, listens as Laura Poitras speaks during a news conference following the Polk Awards luncheon, in New York. The Washington Post and The Guardian won the Pulitzer Prize in public service Monday, April 14, 2014, for revealing the U.S. government’s sweeping surveillance efforts in stories based on thousands of secret documents handed over by National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden. The reports were published by Barton Gellman of The Post and Greenwald, Poitras and Ewan MacAskill of The Guardian, all of whom shared a George Polk Award for national security reporting. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)The Associated Press

An award that usually is met with cheers and jubilation instead came with a moment of silence, as The Boston Globe won the Pulitzer Prize for breaking news for its "exhaustive and empathetic" coverage of the Boston Marathon bombing and the manhunt that followed.

The Globe's newsroom was closed to outsiders Monday, the day the awards were announced and a day shy of the one-year anniversary of the tragedy. Staff members marked the announcement by honoring those killed and injured.

"There's nobody in this room who wanted to cover this story. Each and every one of us hopes that nothing like it ever happens again on our watch," Globe Editor Brian McGrory told the newsroom.

The bombing last April 15 that killed three people and wounded more than 260 also led to a Pulitzer in the feature photography category for Josh Haner of The New York Times, for his photo essay on a blast victim who lost his legs.

The Times also won in the breaking-news photography category, for Tyler Hicks' coverage of the Westgate mall terrorist attack in Kenya.

The Washington Post and The Guardian won the Pulitzer Prize in public service for revealing the U.S. government's sweeping surveillance programs in a blockbuster series of stories based on secret documents supplied by National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden.

The stories about the NSA's spy programs revealed that the government has systematically collected information about millions of Americans' phone calls and emails in its effort to head off terrorist attacks. The resulting furor led President Barack Obama to impose limits on the surveillance.

The reporting "helped stimulate the very important discussion about the balance between privacy and security, and that discussion is still going on," said Sig Gissler, administrator of the Pulitzer Prizes.

The NSA stories were written by Barton Gellman at The Post and Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras and Ewen MacAskill, whose work was published by The Guardian US, the British newspaper's American operation, based in New York.

Snowden, a former contract employee at the NSA, has been charged with espionage and other offenses in the U.S. and could get 30 years in prison if convicted. He has received asylum in Russia.

Snowden's supporters have likened his disclosures to the release of the Pentagon Papers, the secret Vietnam War history whose publication by The New York Times in 1971 won the newspaper a Pulitzer. His critics have branded him a criminal.

The Washington Post won a second Pulitzer in the explanatory reporting category, for Eli Saslow's look at food stamps in America.

The Pulitzers are given out each year by Columbia University on the recommendation of a board of distinguished journalists and others. The two winners of the public service award will receive gold medals. The other awards carry a $10,000 prize.

The Center for Public Integrity's Chris Hamby won for investigative reporting for detailing how lawyers and doctors rigged a system to deny benefits to coal miners suffering from black lung disease.

The prize for national reporting went to David Philipps of The Gazette of Colorado Springs, Colo., for an investigation that found that the Army has discharged escalating numbers of traumatized combat veterans who commit crimes at home.

The Pulitzer for international reporting was awarded to Jason Szep and Andrew R.C. Marshall of Reuters for their coverage of the violent persecution of a Muslim minority in Myanmar.

The Oregonian won for editorial writing for its focus on reforms in Oregon's public employee pension fund. The prize was the third in the newspaper's history for editorial writing.

The Tampa Bay Times' Will Hobson and Michael LaForgia in Florida won in local reporting for writing about squalid housing for the homeless.

The Philadelphia Inquirer's architecture critic Inga Saffron won for criticism. At The Charlotte Observer, Kevin Siers received the award for editorial cartooning.

No award was handed out for feature writing.

In the arts categories, the fiction prize went to Donna Tartt for "The Goldfinch," while the general non-fiction prize was won by Dan Fagin, for "Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation."

Alan Taylor won the history prize for "''The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832" and the biography prize went to Megan Marshall for "Margaret Fuller: A New American Life."

The drama prize was awarded to Annie Baker for "The Flick" and Vijay Seshadri got the poetry prize for "3 Sections."

The music prize went to John Luther Adams for "Become Ocean."

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Associated Press Writers Verena Dobnik and Meghan Barr in New York; Frank Eltman in Mineola, N.Y.; Steve LeBlanc in Boston; Eileen Sullivan in Washington; Tamara Lush in Tampa, Fla.; Nigel Duara in Portland, Ore.; Brett Zongker in Washington; and Kathy Matheson in Philadelphia contributed to this report.

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