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The 2012 Pulitzer Prizes Winners Announced

The 2012 Pulitzer Prizes in journalism have been unveiled. Below is a list of the winners. Congrats to all.

Public Service: The Philadelphia Inquirer

Breaking News Reporting: The Tuscaloosa News staffers

Investigative Reporting: Matt Apuzzo, Adam Goldman, Eileen Sullivan and Chris Hawley, The Associated Press. Michael J. Berens and Ken Armstrong, The Seattle Times

Explanatory Reporting: David Kocieniewski, The New York Times

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LA Times a Runner-Up in Three Pulitzer Categories

It’s a remarkable achievement for any journalist or newspaper organization to be named a Pulitzer Prize finalist. So congratulations are in order to the LA Times, despite the fact that the newspaper has just come up short in three separate 2011-year categories.

In Breaking News Photography, Carolyn Cole and Brian van der Brug lost out to the AFP’s Massoud Hassaini. His coverage of a suicide bombing in Kabul topped their chronicling of Japanese natural disasters. Meanwhile, in the realm of Feature Photography, Francine Orr’s look at autism lost out to Craig F. Walker’s look for the Denver Post at a discharged Iraq War veteran struggling with PST.

In the Commentary bracket, city columnist Steve Lopez’s touching reports about his dad’s dwindling health were a runner-up to Mary Schmich, who covers the Windy City in a similar capacity for sister newspaper the Chicago Tribune.

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Brenda Starr, Girl Reporter, Laid Off Like The Rest Of Us

After 70 years in journalism, trailblazing comic strip character Brenda Starr is retiring. The red haired reporter got her start in the pages of the Chicago Tribune back in 1940, when female reporters of the flesh and blood persuasion were few and far between. Starr leaves the profession far more inclusive than she found it – according to the American Society of News Editors, women now make up about 37% of American newsrooms.

NPR has details on the girl reporter’s retirement:

Chicago Tribune columnist Mary Schmich and artist June Brigman said they’ve decided it was time to end their work on the seven-day-a-week strip which appears in about three dozen newspapers. The final episode of the soap opera cartoon created by the late Dale Messick will be published Jan. 2.

“It’s been an incredible privilege to be able to live life through this medium all these years,” said Schmich, who has written the comic for 25 years. “I’m a reporter, above all, so I always use Brenda in a funny way to report things.”

Here’s hoping for a generous severance package.