The 2012 Pulitzer Prizes were awarded on April 16, 2012 by the Pulitzer Prize Board for work during the 2011 calendar year. The deadline for submitting entries was January 25, 2012. For the first time, all entries for journalism were required to be submitted electronically. In addition, the criteria for the Pulitzer Prize for Local Reporting has been revised to focus on real-time reporting of breaking news. For the eleventh time in Pulitzer's history (and the first since 1977), no book received the Fiction Prize.
Reaction to fiction prize decision
A three-member panel nominated three books, which were then sent to the twenty member Pulitzer Prize Board. Because no book received a majority of the votes from the board members, no prize was given. This was the first time since 1977, and the eleventh time in Pulitzer history that there was no winner in the fiction category.
Maureen Corrigan, a jury member, responded to the board's decision by saying, "We nominated three novels we believe to be more than Pulitzer-worthy – David Foster Wallace's The Pale King, Karen Russell's Swamplandia! and Denis Johnson's Train Dreams. That the board declined to award the prize to any of these superb novels is inexplicable."
Jury member Michael Cunningham wrote a lengthy 2-part essay in The New Yorker called "What Really Happened This Year" that described the process of selecting the shortlist titles and reaction to no prize being chosen.
Lev Grossman, book critic for Time, wrote that, "I support the Pulitzer board's decision not to give out an award for fiction this year." He argued that "great" novels are relatively rare, and that there are years in which a "masterpiece" will not be published. He also cautioned against the glut of book awards, writing, "It bothers me to see great work neglected, but it bothers me almost as much to see mediocre books over-praised."
In reaction, The New York Times invited eight literary experts to pick their winners for the prize. The experts and their picks were Sam Anderson and Macy Halford: The Pale King by David Foster Wallace; Maud Newton: Pym by Mat Johnson; Gregory Cowles: The Year We Left Home by Jean Thompson; Garth Risk Hallberg: The Angel Esmeralda by Don DeLillo; Laila Lalami: State of Wonder by Ann Patchett; Alexander Chee: Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones and John Williams: Open City by Teju Cole.
There were 21 prizes awarded in three categories. The prizes were announced on April 16, 2012. Each prize is accompanied by a payment of US$10,000 The winners and finalists are listed below.
| Public Service|
| The Philadelphia Inquirer "for its exploration of pervasive violence in the city’s schools".|
|The Miami Herald "for its exposure of deadly abuses and lax state oversight in Florida’s assisted-living facilities for the elderly and mentally ill".|
|The New York Times "for the work of Danny Hakim and Russ Buettner that revealed rapes, beatings and more than 1,200 unexplained deaths over the past decade of developmentally disabled people in New York State group homes".|
| Investigative Reporting|
| Matt Apuzzo, Adam Goldman, Eileen Sullivan and Chris Hawley of the Associated Press "for their spotlighting of the New York Police Department’s clandestine spying program that monitored daily life in Muslim communities".|
| Michael J. Berens and Ken Armstrong of The Seattle Times "for their investigation of how a little known governmental body in Washington State moved vulnerable patients from safer pain-control medication to methadone".|
| Gary Marx and David Jackson of The Chicago Tribune "for their exposure of a neglectful state justice system that allowed dozens of brutal criminals to evade punishment by fleeing the country, sparking moves for corrective change".|
| David Kocieniewski of The New York Times "for his lucid series that penetrated a legal thicket to explain how the nation’s wealthiest citizens and corporations often exploited loopholes and avoided taxes."|
| Tom Frank of USA Today for his sharply focused exploration of inflated pensions for state and local employees, enhancing stories with graphic material to show how state legislators pump up retirement benefits in creative but unconscionable ways".|
| The Wall Street Journal staff "for its tenacious exploration of how personal information is harvested from the cellphones and computers of unsuspecting Americans by corporations and public officials in a largely unmonitored realm of modern life".|
| David Wood of The Huffington Post "for his riveting exploration of the physical and emotional challenges facing American soldiers severely wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan during a decade of war".|
| Jeff Donn of the Associated Press "for his diligent exposure of federal regulators easing or neglecting to enforce safety standards as aging nuclear power plants exceed their original life spans".|
| Jessica Silver-Greenberg of The Wall Street Journal "for her compelling examination of aggressive debt collectors whose often questionable tactics, profitable but largely unseen by the public, vexed borrowers hard hit by the nation’s financial crisis".|
| International Reporting|
| Jeffrey Gettleman of The New York Times "for his vivid reports, often at personal peril, on famine and conflict in East Africa".|
| The New York Times staff "for its powerful exploration of serious mistakes concealed by authorities in Japan after a tsunami and earthquake devastated the nation, and caused a nuclear disaster".|
| Thomson Reuters staff for "its well-crafted reports on the momentous revolution in Libya that went beyond battlefield dispatches to tell the wider story of discontent, conflict and the role of outside powers".|
Letters and drama
Not awarded in 2012.
The Pulitzer Prizes Board 2011–2012:
- Danielle Allen, UPS Foundation Professor, School of Social Science, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, N.J.
- Jim Amoss, Editor, The Times-Picayune, New Orleans, La. (Co-chair)
- Randell Beck, President and Publisher, Argus Leader Media, Sioux Falls, S.D.
- Robert Blau, Managing Editor for projects and investigations, Bloomberg News, New York, N.Y.
- Lee Bollinger, President, Columbia University, New York, N.Y.
- Kathleen Carroll, Executive Editor and Senior Vice President, Associated Press (Co-chair)
- Joyce Dehli, Vice President for News, Lee Enterprises
- Junot Díaz, Author and Rudge and Nancy Allen Professor of Writing, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Thomas Friedman, Columnist, The New York Times, New York, N.Y.
- Paul Gigot, Editorial Page Editor, The Wall Street Journal, New York, N.Y.
- Sig Gissler, Administrator, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, New York, N.Y.
- Steven Hahn, Roy F. and Jeanette P. Nichols Professor of History, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
- Nicholas Lemann, Dean, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, New York, N.Y.
- Ann Marie Lipinski, Curator, Nieman Foundation for Journalism, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass. (Co-chair)
- Gregory Moore, Editor, The Denver Post, Denver, Colo.
- Eugene Robinson, Columnist and Associate Editor, The Washington Post
- Margaret Sullivan, Editor, The Buffalo News, Buffalo, N.Y.
- Paul Tash, Chairman and CEO, Tampa Bay Times, St. Petersburg, Fla.
- Jim VandeHei, Executive Editor and Co-founder, Politico
- Keven Ann Willey, Vice President/Editorial Page Editor, The Dallas Morning News
- ↑ "Pulitzer.org". Pulitzer.org. Retrieved January 6, 2014.
- ↑ Staff (April 17, 2012). "Book lovers react bitterly to no fiction Pulitzer". Reuters. Retrieved April 18, 2012.
- 1 2 Bloomgarden-Smoke, Kara (2012-04-17), "Why wasn't there a Pulitzer Prize winner for fiction this year?", The Christian Science Monitor, retrieved April 17, 2012
- ↑ Michael Cunningham (July 9, 2012). "Letter from the Pulitzer Fiction Jury: What Really Happened This Year". The New Yorker. Retrieved July 9, 2012.
- ↑ Grossman, Lev (2012-04-18), "Prize Fight: Why I'm Okay With There Being No Pulitzer for Fiction This Year", Time, retrieved April 17, 2012
- ↑ "The Great Pulitzer Do-Over". New York Times. May 7, 2012. Retrieved May 8, 2012.
- ↑ Columbia University Office of Communication and Public Affairs (April 16, 2012). COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY ANNOUNCES 96th ANNUAL PULITZER PRIZES IN JOURNALISM, LETTERS, DRAMA AND MUSIC (accessed 29 December 2012)
- ↑ "Pulitzer.org" (PDF). Retrieved January 6, 2014.
- ↑ "The 2012 Pulitzer Prize Winners". Pulitzer.org. Retrieved January 6, 2014.
- ↑ "The 2012 Pulitzer Prize Winners, Public Service".
- ↑ "The 2012 Pulitzer Prize Winners, Breaking News Reporting".
- ↑ "The 2012 Pulitzer Prize Winners, Investigative Reporting".
- ↑ "The 2012 Pulitzer Prize Winners, Explanatory Reporting".
- ↑ "The 2012 Pulitzer Prize Winners, Local Reporting".
- ↑ "The 2012 Pulitzer Prize Winners, National Reporting".
- ↑ "The 2012 Pulitzer Prize Winners, International Reporting".
- ↑ "The 2012 Pulitzer Prize Winners, Feature Writing".
- ↑ "The 2012 Pulitzer Prize Winners, Commentary".
- ↑ "The 2012 Pulitzer Prize Winners, Criticism".
- ↑ "The 2012 Pulitzer Prize Winners, Editorial Writing".
- ↑ "The 2012 Pulitzer Prize Winners, Editorial Cartooning".
- ↑ "The 2012 Pulitzer Prize Winners, Breaking News Photography".
- ↑ "The 2012 Pulitzer Prize Winners, Feature Photography".
- ↑ "The 2012 Pulitzer Prize Winners, Fiction".
- ↑ "The 2012 Pulitzer Prize Winners, Drama".
- ↑ "The 2012 Pulitzer Prize Winners, History".
- ↑ "The 2012 Pulitzer Prize Winners, Biography or Autobiography".
- ↑ "The 2012 Pulitzer Prize Winners, Poetry".
- ↑ "The 2012 Pulitzer Prize Winners, General Non-Fiction".
- ↑ "The 2012 Pulitzer Prize Winners, Music".
- ↑ "Pulitzer Prize Board 2011–2012". The Pulitzer Prizes.