Seattle Times, The Stranger Win 2012 Pulitzers

Berens, Armstrong
You read that right. The Seattle Times won its 9th Pulitzer Prize today, sharing the Investigative Reporting Prize with The Associated Press. And The Stranger won its first, for Feature Writing, for what the judges called Eli Sanders' "haunting story" of Jennifer Hopper, "who survived a brutal attack that took the life of her partner, using the woman's brave courtroom testimony and the details of the crime to construct a moving narrative."

The Times' series, written by Michael J. Berens and Ken Armstrong, is a much-honored investigation into how a little-known state governmental agency moved vulnerable patients from safer pain-control medication to methadone, a cheaper but more dangerous drug - coverage that prompted statewide health warnings.

The New York Times won two awards and the Public Service Pulitzer went to The Philadelphia Inquirer for its exploration of pervasive violence in the city's schools, using powerful print narratives and videos to illuminate crimes committed by children against children.

The prize for Local Reporting went to Sara Ganim and members of The Patriot-News staff, of Harrisburg, Penn.,"for courageously revealing and adeptly covering the explosive Penn State sex scandal involving former football coach Jerry Sandusky."

The Huffington Post also won a Prize, for National Reporting on the suffering endured by American veterans wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan - the second Pulitzer ever awarded for reporting that appeared online only.

Jack Ohman of The Oregonian was a finalist in the cartooning category, won by Politico's Matt Wuerker.

Read the Daily Weekly's interview with Michael J. Berens and Ken Armstrong of the Seattle Times here.

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