The 2009 Pulitzer Prize winners and finalists were announced this afternoon at Columbia University. NYT was awarded five Pulitzers, more than any other newspaper this year.

NYT won staff awards for “Breaking News Reporting” for its coverage of the Gov. Eliot Spitzer sex scandal, and reporter David Barstow won “Investigative Reporting” for a piece on the relationship between the Pentagon and television military analysts.

Eugene Robinson, also an MSNBC contributor, scooped up WaPo’s only Pulitzer this year for commentary.

JOURNALISM:

Public Service – Las Vegas Sun

Breaking News Reporting – The New York Times Staff

Investigative Reporting – David Barstow of The New York Times

Explanatory Reporting – Bettina Boxall and Julie Cart of the Los Angeles Times

Local Reporting – Detroit Free Press Staff and Ryan Gabrielson and Paul Giblin of the East Valley Tribune, Mesa, AZ

National Reporting – St. Petersburg Times Staff

International Reporting – The New York Times Staff

Feature Writing – Lane DeGregory of the St. Petersburg Times

Commentary – Eugene Robinson of The Washington Post

Criticism – Holland Cotter of The New York Times

Editorial Writing – Mark Mahoney of The Post-Star, Glens Falls, NY

Editorial Cartooning – Steve Breen of The San Diego Union-Tribune

Breaking News Photography – Patrick Farrell of The Miami Herald

Feature Photography – Damon Winter of The New York Times

You can check out finalists here and Pulitzers awarded in “Letters, Drama and Music” after the jump…

UPDATE- Check out the NYT Twitter about the wins here.

LETTERS, DRAMA and MUSIC:

Fiction – Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout (Random House)

Drama – Ruined by Lynn Nottage

History – The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family by Annette Gordon-Reed (W.W. Norton & Company)

Biography – American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House by Jon Meacham (Random House)

Poetry – The Shadow of Sirius by W.S. Merwin (Copper Canyon Press)

General Nonfiction – Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II by Douglas A. Blackmon (Doubleday)

Music – Double Sextet by Steve Reich, premiered March 26, 2008 in Richmond, VA (Boosey & Hawkes)