The Pulitzer Board has awarded the prestigious Public Service award to the Guardian and Washington Post for their reporting on Edward Snowden’s revelations. The decision, which had reportedly been the subject of some controversy among the 19-member Prize Board, echoes 1972 prize, given to the New York Post for reporting the Pentagon Papers.
Journalists reporting the Snowden revelations have already won a series of international prizes. Laura Poitras and Glenn Greenwald made their first trip to the United States since the Guardian reported the Verizon story on 9 June 2013 for the Polk Awards ceremony on Friday 11 April. They shared the award with Ewen MacAskill of the Guardian and Barton Gellman from the Washington Post.
Awards for reporting on Edward Snowden’s revelations
Gannett Foundation Awards – the Guardian won the 2013 awards for Innovative Investigative Journalism and Watchdog Journalism.
The European Press Prizes – on 17 March the European equivalent of the Pulitzers awarded a Special Prize to the editors of the Guardian and Der Spiegel “for their persistence and courage in publishing the NSA stories.”
McGill Medal – on 1 April, it was announced that Glenn Greenwald had won the 2014 McGill Medal for Journalistic Courage from the University of Georgia. The Medal will be formally awarded at a ceremony this autumn.
British Press Awards – also on 1 April, the Guardian won several prizes at the British Press Awards, including newspaper of the year, for breaking “a story of global significance that went to the heart of the debate on press freedom.”
Ortega y Gasset Awards – on 2 April, it was announced that Alan Rusbridger of the Guardian had been awarded the Ortega y Gasset Career Award.
Investigative Reporters and Editors medal – on 3 April, the Guardian was awarded the 2013 IRE medal for their investigative reporting on surveillance.
Ridenhour Prize – on 7 April, Laura Poitras and Edward Snowden were announced as joint winners of the 2014 Ridenhour Prize for Truth-telling. Both awardees spoke by video link at the prize ceremony on 30 April.
Henri Nannen Prize for Services to Press Freedom – on 8 May, Laura Poitras was announced as the winner of the 2014 prize, partly for her critical role in bringing Edward Snowden’s revelations to light.
Tully Award for Free Spech – on 11 September, Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger was announced as the winner of this award from Syracuse University, which “honors journalists who have persevered in the face of threats and other obstacles to free speech.”
Geschwister-Scholl-Preis – on 1 October 2013, Glenn Greenwald was named as the winner of this prize, named after resistance fighters Hans and Sophie Scholl, for his book No Place To Hide, which recounts the background and content of Edward Snowden’s revelations. The prize, awarded by Munich’s City Council, will be presented on 1 December.