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IN PHOTOS: Dr Mukherjee wins the Pulitzer Prize

Last updated on: May 24, 2011 10:54 IST

Dr Sidhhartha Mukherjee becomes 4th Indian to win Pulitzer

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A Correspondent in New York
Indian origin cancer physician and researcher Dr Sidhhartha Mukherjee was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, the top journalism award in America, for achievements in newspaper and online journalism, non-fiction, literature and music.

Dr Mukherjee won the award on May 23 in the general non-fiction category for his book, The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer, which focuses on his own experiences with cancer.

Like all Pulitzer award functions, it was a quiet affair, with 260 people attending the event held over lunch at the Rotunda of Low Memorial Library in Columbia University in New York City.

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Image: Dr Sidhhartha Mukherjee won the Pulitzer in the general non fiction category for his book 'The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer'. Lee Bollinger, president, Columbia University handed out the award
Photographs: P Rajendran and Rajesh Karkera/Rediff.com
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Dr Mukherjee shared table 2 with Sree Sreenivasan, dean of student affairs and professor, Columbia Journalism School.

Anne Marie Lipinski of the Pulitzer Prize board, a winner herself, while stressing the need for humility, discussed how her grandmother had mentioned Lipinski's winning of the award in the middle of some humdrum details, and how her husband had put a safe driving award along with her Pulitzer citation.


Image: Joseph Rago of The Wall Street Journal won the Pulitzer for Editorial Writing
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She said that while the Pulitzer board was not infallible, the idea was to ensure an effort was made not just to win a Pulitzer but to write every story so as to try and win it.

Lee Bollinger, president, Columbia University, handed out the awards.

Dr Mukherjee became the fourth person of Indian origin to win the award, after Gobind Behari Lal (1937, for his coverage of science at Harvard University's tercentenary), Jhuma Lahiri (2000, for her fictional work, Interpreters of Maladies) and Geeta Anand (2003, for explanatory journalism in stories about scandals in corporate America).


Image: Barbara Davidson of the Los Angeles Times won the Pulitzer for Feature Photography
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Other awardees were:   In Journalism category:

Public Service: Los Angeles Times

Breaking News Reporting: No award this year

Investigative Reporting: Paige St John of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Explanatory Reporting: Mark Johnson, Kathleen Gallagher, Gary Porter, Lou Saldivar and Alison Sherwood of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Local Reporting: Frank Main, Mark Konkol and John J. Kim of the Chicago Sun-Times

National Reporting: Jesse Eisinger and Jake Bernstein of ProPublica

International Reporting: Clifford J. Levy and Ellen Barry of The New York Times

Feature Writing: Amy Ellis Nutt of The Star-Ledger, Newark, New Jersey

Commentary: David Leonhardt of The New York Times

Criticism: Sebastian Smee of The Boston Glob

Editorial Writing: Joseph Rago of The Wall Street Journal

Editorial Cartooning: Mike Keefe of The Denver Post

Breaking News Photography: Carol Guzy, Nikki Kahn and Ricky Carioti of The Washington Post

Feature Photography: Barbara Davidson of the Los Angeles Times


Image: Clifford J Levy and Ellen Barry of The New York Times won the Pulitzer for International Reporting
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Pulitzer awards in Letters, Drama, and Music category:

Fiction: A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan (Alfred A.. Knopf)

Drama: Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris

History: The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery by Eric Foner (W.W. Norton & Company)

Biography or Autobiography: Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow (The Penguin Press)

Poetry: The Best of It: New and Selected Poems by Kay Ryan (Grove/Atlantic)

General Nonfiction: The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee (Scribner)

Music: Madame White Snake by Zhou Long (Oxford University Press)


Image: Ron Chernow won the Pulitzer for his biography -- Washington: A Life
Photographs: P Rajendran and Rajesh Karkera/Rediff.com
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