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May 22, 2012 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
The newspapers and websites were full Monday morning with stories about Sunday's eclipse: finely done accounts with facts, figures, quotations and on-the-scene reporting. Will any win the Pulitzer Prize? Only time will tell. But if so, there is precedent: The 1924 Pulitzer Prize for reporting went to Magner White, a reporter for the San Diego Sun, for his account of a noontime solar eclipse that occurred Sept. 10, 1923. White's account, in the lean, vivid prose of the day, had weird gusts of wind hitting the city, circus animals pacing and roaring, prostitutes falling to their knees and vowing to change their wicked ways, and San Diego residents exchanging "ghastly smiles, pale lilies they are. " The Sun's story was on the stands within minutes of the eclipse becoming total.
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May 10, 2012 | By Mike Boehm
The five winners of this year's Alpert Award in the Arts will collect $75,000 each at ceremonies Friday afternoon at the Herb Alpert Foundation in Santa Monica. The award, given since 1995 by musician/record executive Alpert and his wife, Lani Hall, and administered by CalArts, focuses on mid-career artists and is one of the more lucrative annual arts prizes in the United States. The highest-profile winner is actor-playwright Eisa Davis , a 2007 Pulitzer Prize finalist for her drama “Bulrusher,” who also was part of the 2008 Obie Award-winning acting ensemble of the rock musical “Passing Strange” and a leading player last year in Melissa James Gibson's drama “This,” at the Kirk Douglas Theatre.
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April 17, 2012 | By Amy Hubbard
The 2012 Pulitzer Prize for fiction went to no one, it was announced Monday. The Pulitzer judges did reveal that three books had been named finalists, but declined to award one the prize. The three finalists  were "Train Dreams" by Denis Johnson, "Swamplandia!" by Karen Russell and "The Pale King" by David Foster Wallace. In deciding the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, a committee of readers, which changes annually, recommends a small slate of titles to a panel of judges, who choose the winner.
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April 16, 2012 | By James Rainey and Jessica Garrison
NEW YORK - A deep report on the fear and violence plaguing urban schools brought the Philadelphia Inquirer the prestigious Pulitzer Prize for public service Monday, while the New York Times won two awards as Columbia University announced the winners of journalism's top prizes. The two victories by the New York Times -- for reporting on east Africa and for exposing tax avoidance by General Electric Co.-- made it the only double winner. It was a year in which the judges bypassed coverage of some of the most catastrophic news events dominating the headlines in 2011, such as the violent conflict in the Mideast and an earthquake , tsunami  and nuclear meltdown in Japan . The Inquirer's win for “Assault on Learning” was a boon for one of America's oldest newspapers, which recently emerged from bankruptcy and a pair of ownership changes.
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April 16, 2012 | By Jessica Garrison
The 2012 Pulitzer Prizes were announced on Monday, with the Philadelphia Inquirer awarded the Gold Medal for public service for its reporting on pervasive violence in that city's schools. The reporting stirred reforms to improve safety for students and teachers. The local reporting prize went to Sara Ganim and other staff of the Patriot News of Harrisburg, Penn., for that newspaper's reporting on the explosive Penn State sexual abuse scandal. David Wood of the Huffington Post won the national reporting prize for his coverage of the challenges facing wounded American soldiers.
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March 21, 2012 | By Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
The only woman in a sea of men in suits, Dorothy Townsend can't help but stand out in the official photograph of the Los Angeles Times team that won a Pulitzer Prize in 1966 for coverage of the Watts riots. The picture also inadvertently documents Townsend's other historic role at the newspaper. After insisting on being reassigned from "the women's pages" in early 1964, she became the first female staff writer to cover local news in a city room long populated only by men. Townsend, who wrote for The Times from 1954 to 1986, died March 5 of cancer at her Sherman Oaks home, said her cousin, Louise Hagan.
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February 18, 2012 | By Tina Susman, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from New York -- Anthony Shadid, a journalist who gave voice to those muffled by the turmoil around them — from Iraqi families enveloped in civil war to young Libyans spurred to take up arms against a dictator — died while doing just that: reporting from Syria in defiance of official attempts to limit media coverage of the bloodshed there. Shadid, who died Thursday at 43, was stricken by an apparent asthma attack while preparing to leave Syria with his New York Times colleague, photographer Tyler Hicks.
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December 25, 2011 | By Dennis McLellan, Los Angeles Times
Art Rogers, an award-winning former longtime Los Angeles Times photographer best known for his sports coverage, has died. He was 93. Rogers, who suffered a heart attack Dec. 16, died Tuesday in a skilled nursing facility near his home in Morro Bay, Calif., said his grandson, Jerry Rogers. In a more than 40-year career with The Times that began in 1940 and included general assignment and feature photography, Rogers won the National Headliner Award, two Eclipse awards and a Look magazine award, among many others.
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December 13, 2011 | By Christopher Goffard, Los Angeles Times
Russ Stanton will step down as the editor and executive vice president of the Los Angeles Times on Dec. 23, and Managing Editor Davan Maharaj will assume the top newsroom job. Stanton, 52, joined The Times in 1997 as a business reporter in Orange County. He led the news organization for four years, a period in which it expanded its digital reach to more than 17 million readers and won three Pulitzer Prizes, including the Public Service Award for exposing corruption in the city of Bell.
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October 16, 2011
Howard H 'Tim' Hays Former Press-Enterprise editor, publisher Howard H "Tim" Hays, 94, a former editor and publisher of the Press-Enterprise who led the Riverside newspaper when it won a Pulitzer Prize for an expose in the 1960s and won two landmark U.S. Supreme Court cases in 1st Amendment fights for court access in the '80s, died Friday at a hospital in St. Louis after a period of declining health because of Alzheimer's disease....
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