Washington Post writers Anthony Shadid (international reporting), Gene Weingarten (feature writing), Kathleen Parker (commentary) and Sarah Kaufman (criticism) all won top prizes. The New York Times also won two awards. The paper's Matt Richtel and staff won an award for national reporting, while Michael Moss and staff won for explanatory reporting. It also bagged an award in the investigative reporting category for a story about a hospital crisis during Hurricane Katrina.
The Pulitzer Prize for fiction was awarded to "Tinkers," a book written by Paul Harding. The National Enquirer, which was nominated for two awards, did not win any prize. There was uproar in the media over the tabloid being nominated for its controversial story about North Carolina Senator John Edward's controversial affair.