The Huffington Post’s David Wood won a Pulitzer for national reporting for a 10-part series called Beyond the Battlefield that explores the challenges Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans face after a decade of war.
HuffPo is the first online daily to win a Pulitzer.
The award may be Wood’s, but Huffington Post cofounder Arianna Huffington is a clear beneficiary. Over the past few years, Huffington has made a point of hiring experienced, well-known and (no doubt) expensive reporters like Wood.
The hirings are part of an effort to position the Huffington Post as a serious news organization — not, as former New York Times executive editor Bill Keller has described it, as an “overaggregator” of “celebrity gossip, adorable kitten videos, posts from unpaid bloggers and news reports from other publications… [with] a left-wing soundtrack.”
The complete list of winners is available at Pulitzer.org.