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No Pulitzer for National Enquirer

The 2010 Pulitzer Prize winners were announced Monday and print powerhouses The Washington Post (four) and The New York Times (three) cleaned up.

The awards (listed below), brought to you by Columbia University, are among print journalism's most prestigious, and recognize the work of journalists in 14 different categories. Pulitzers are also awarded to writers of letters, drama and music.

Some of the more notable news from the announcement surrounds a non-winner this year -- The National Enquirer. The tabloid turned around an influential series of stories in its reporting of John Edwards' extra-marital romp during and after the 2008 presidential campaign.

Turns out while the Enquirer's submissions for consideration were accepted by the Pulitzer board in two categories, they did not make it as finalists for either "Investigative Reporting" or "National News Reporting."

It's the first time the tabloid has been considered for a Pulitzer.

My conjecture would be that the tabloid's propensity to pay sources for news (it says it didn't in the Edwards stories), and its reputation to produce what some might consider tawdry work turned off too many of the Pulitzer's board of selectors.

The Edwards story was no less a blockbuster just because the Enquirer broke it, though, and the "mainstream media" gets no less a black eye for ignoring it for so long.

Something tells me we haven't seen the last of this dilemma given the ever-changing landscape of the news industry.

Here are the winners of this year's Pulitzer Awards. Congratulations to one and all:

Journalism:

Public Service - Bristol (Va.) Herald Courier

Breaking News Reporting - The Seattle Times Staff

Investigative Reporting - Barbara Laker and Wendy Ruderman of the Philadelphia Daily News and Sheri Fink of ProPublica, in collaboration with The New York Times Magazine

Explanatory Reporting - Michael Moss and members of The New York Times Staff

Local Reporting - Raquel Rutledge of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

National Reporting - Matt Richtel and members of The New York Times Staff

International Reporting - Anthony Shadid of The Washington Post

Feature Writing - Gene Weingarten of The Washington Post

Commentary - Kathleen Parker of The Washington Post

Criticism - Sarah Kaufman of The Washington Post

Editorial Writing - Tod Robberson, Colleen McCain Nelson and William McKenzie of The Dallas Morning News

Editorial Cartooning - Mark Fiore, self syndicated, appearing on SFGate.com

Breaking News Photography - Mary Chind of The Des Moines Register

Feature Photography - Craig F. Walker of The Denver Post

Letters, Drama and Music:

Fiction - Tinkers by Paul Harding (Bellevue Literary Press)

Drama - Next to Normal, music by Tom Kitt, book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey

History - Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World by Liaquat Ahamed (The Penguin Press)

Biography - The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt by T.J. Stiles (Alfred A. Knopf)

Poetry - Versed by Rae Armantrout (Wesleyan University Press)

General Nonfiction - The Dead Hand: The Untold Story of the Cold War Arms Race and Its Dangerous Legacy by David E. Hoffman (Doubleday)

Music - Violin Concerto by Jennifer Higdon (Lawdon Press)

Special Citations:

Hank Williams

(List courtesy of Pulitzer.org)

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