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LA Times Scribes Win Pulitzer for Explanatory Reporting

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The 2009 Pulitzer Prize winners were announced today, and LA Times Metro staff writers Bettina Boxall and Julie Cart were named as awardees in the category of Explanatory Reporting. The duo were behind the series "Big Burn," which examined the "growth and cost of wildfires." The category seeks material that "illuminates a significant and complex subject, demonstrating mastery of the subject, lucid writing and clear presentation, in print or online or both," and the committee hailed Boxall and Cart's work as "fresh and painstaking."After the announcement and the reaction from the staff at the Times in their Downtown offices this morning, Editor Russ Stanton "noted that fewer papers are doing in-depth reporting but that the L.A. Times 'will always be one' that does such stories," according to their LA Now blog. The Times also had other journos up for awards, adds LA Observed:

The LAT's Paul Pringle was one of two finalists in investigative reporting for his stories on corruption in the SEIU here in Los Angeles, and photographer Carolyn Cole was a finalist in breaking news photography for "her valorous on-the-spot coverage of political violence in Kenya, capturing the terror as rebellion and reprisals jolted the nation."

The New York Times pulled in 5 wins, and the Las Vegas Sun won the Public Service medal (the only category to come with a medal, despite the long-standing association of the medal with the multiple prizes). Full list of winners after the jump.