The Boston Globe was awarded a 2014 Pulitzer Prize today for its coverage of the bombings a year ago that killed three people and wounded more than 260 others near the Boston Marathon finish line, an attack the paper said “shook the nation as it raised the specter once again of terrorism on American soil.” The Globe won for breaking news coverage “for its exhaustive and empathetic coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings and the ensuing manhunt that enveloped the city, using photography and a range of digital tools to capture the full impact of the tragedy,” the Pulitzer Prize board said.
The award comes at a poignant time. With the one-year anniversary of the bombings on Tuesday, and the 118th running of the race scheduled for next Monday, the region is remembering the pain of the bombings and vowing to move resolutely forward. “There's nobody in this room that wanted to cover this story,” editor Brian McGrory told the staff in the newsroom before asking for a moment of silence for the victims in the bombing. The Washington Post and Britain’s Guardian won Pulitzers for coverage of the National Security Agency’s secret surveillance.