Star Tribune wins first Pulitzer Prizes since 1990

The Pulitzer Prize medal.
The Pulitzer Prize medal.

Before today, the Star Tribune hadn't won a Pulitzer Prize -- the top honor for newspapers -- in 23 years. But this afternoon, when the winners were announced in New York City, that changed. The paper won not one, but two awards, more than any paper in the country other than the New York Times.

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The prizes, which come with a $10,000 cherry on top of all the glory, are for both Editorial Cartooning and Local Reporting. Long-time cartoonist Steve Sack took home the former award for, per the Pulitzer description, "his diverse collection of cartoons, using an original style and clever ideas to drive home his unmistakable point of view." He had been nominated for the Pulitzer in 2004.

The reporting award is shared by two staff writers and an editor, Brad Schrade, Jeremy Olson, and Glenn Howatt, for "their powerful reports on the spike in infant deaths at poorly regulated day-care homes, resulting in legislative action to strengthen rules," the Pulitzer website announced.

The series, which the Strib titled "The Day-Care Threat," started in February 2012, and ran in more than 20 installments through the end of the year. All the stories, including these three main features, have been collected on the paper's website.

The paper's last win was in the Investigative Reporting category in 1990, for the story "Arson for Hire."

The Times won four awards -- including one each for a much-discussed series on Wal-Mart bribery in Mexico and a multimedia feature about skiers killed in an avalanche -- and the Associated Press, Agence France-Press, Denver Post, InsideClimate News, Sun Sentinel, Tampa Bay Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post each won one.

In the non-journalism category, "Letters, Drama and Music," a notable win went to Adam Johnson for his novel The Orphan Master's Son. Last year, the awards committee declined to name a fiction winner. Here's the full list of 2013 awards.

Claude Peck, the Strib's arts editor, tweeted a photo of Sack minutes after the announcement, walking down the hall with a well-deserved bottle of champagne:

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