New York News coverage of the predawn raid by federal agents who grabbed Cuban boy Elian Gonzalez resulted in two Pulitzer Prizes on Monday: a breaking news reporting award for The Miami Herald and a breaking news photography award for Alan Diaz of The Associated Press.
Diaz's dramatic photo captured the confrontation between a rifle-toting federal agent and a family friend clutching Elian in his arms at the height of last year's raid.
"It's awesome! I can't believe it!" Diaz said as he was mobbed by Miami AP staff members and toasted with champagne.
The double winners were the Chicago Tribune, The New York Times, The Oregonian of Portland and The Wall Street Journal.
Also among the winners was the Rutland (Vt.) Herald, circulation 22,000, which won its first Pulitzer for David Moats' editorials supporting civil unions for gay couples.
The Oregonian won the public service award for a series about the Immigration and Naturalization Service and the feature writing prize for Tom Hallman Jr.'s profile of a disfigured teen-ager who underwent life-threatening surgery to improve his appearance.
The INS series found that the agency was detaining people for long periods without giving them access to legal representation.
The Times' David Cay Johnston won the beat reporting award for exposing loopholes and inequities in the U.S. tax code. The Times also won for national reporting for a series on race in America. The Tribune staff won the explanatory reporting award for "Gateway to Gridlock," about the American air traffic system.
There were two Pulitzers awarded this year in international reporting, and one of them went to Chicago Tribune reporter Paul Salopek, who wrote about political strife and epidemic disease in Africa. Salopek also won a Pulitzer in 1998 for explanatory reporting on the human genome project.
The other international reporting award went to Ian Johnson of The Wall Street Journal for stories about the Chinese government's suppression of the Falun Gong movement.
The Star-Ledger of Newark, N.J., won its first Pulitzer, for feature photography by Matt Rainey. His emotional pictures documented the care and recovery of two students burned in a dormitory fire at Seton Hall University. "I think they're heroes," Rainey said.
Each winner receives $7,500, except for the public service award, where the winner receives a gold medal. The winners of the 2001 prizes were chosen from 1,390 entries in journalism, 780 books, 112 submissions for music and a number of plays both in New York and in regional theaters.