Pulitzer Prize winners announced: NYT, 'Orphan Master's Son' top list

The New York Times received Pulitzer Prizes on Monday for its investigative reporting and in three other categories, while the Sun Sentinel of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., won the public service Pulitzer for its probe into off-duty police officers who endangered the lives of citizens.

The staff of the Denver Post earned a Pulitzer for its breaking news coverage of last summer’s midnight mass shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo. The prize selection committee noted the paper’s use of social media, video and old-fashion gum-shoe journalism to cover the tragedy.

The Pulitzer Prize is the highest achievement award granted in newspaper and online journalism, literature and musical composition. Columbia University administers the annual award in 21 categories. A full list can be found here.

The New York Times emerged as this year's top winner, earning Pulitzers in the following categories: Investigative reporting, for exposing a Wal-Mart bribery scheme; explanatory journalism, for a look into Apple and other technology companies navigating in a global market; international reporting, for its exposure of corruption at high levels of the Chinese government; and feature writing, for a gripping piece about a fatal avalanche in Washington State’s Cascade Mountains.

Writer Adam Johnson won a Pulitzer Prize in fiction for his novel, “The Orphan Master’s Son.” Last year, the Pulitzer judges declined to make an award in that category.

Playwright Ayad Akhtar received a Pulitzer Prize for drama for his work, “Disgraced.”

The Pulitzer Prize was established by newspaper publishing icon Joseph Pulitzer in 1917. All recipients receive a certificate and a $10,000 cash award, except for the recipient of the public service prize, which gets a gold medal.

Winners will receive their prize at a May 30th luncheon to be held at Columbia University.