The Guardian and the Washington Post’s coverage of the National Security Agency’s global surveillance work, based on leaks from former NSA employee Edward Snowden, won the Public Service Pulitzer Prize on Monday.
Though the story was undoubtedly one of the biggest of the year, some questioned whether the Pulitzer Foundation would recognize the newspapers’ work, because of the controversial nature of the leaks.
Snowden’s leaks and the publications’ subsequent reporting exposed wide swaths of the United States’ intelligence practices, at home and abroad.
The Boston Globe staff was awarded the Breaking News award for its coverage of the Boston Marathon bombing, and Eli Saslow of the Washington Post received the Explanatory Reporting award for his work on the lives of food-stamp recipients. The Pulitzer board opted not to award its Feature Writing prize to any entrants this year.