The Associated Press won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in breaking news
photography for Jerusalem-based staff photographer Oded Balilty's
picture of a Jewish settler trying to resist Israeli security officers, according to an AP report posted on the St Petersburg Times website.

While celebrating the Monday announcement with colleagues in Jerusalem, Balilty exulted: "I feel like today I kissed the moon."

The Pulitzers were created in 1911 under terms of the will of newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer, who endowed the journalism school at Columbia University. The first awards were handed out in 1917. Here is a complete list of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize winners:


Public service: the Wall Street Journal, for coverage of a 2006 stock-options scandal that rattled corporate America.

Breaking news reporting: the (Portland) Oregonian for print and online coverage of a family missing in the Oregon mountains.

Investigative reporting: Brett Blackledge, the Birmingham News, for his exposure of cronyism and corruption in Alabama's two-year college system. (Moved by the board from the Public Service category.)

Explanatory reporting: Kenneth R. Weiss, Usha Lee McFarling and Rick Loomis, the Los Angeles Times, for print and online reports on the world's distressed oceans.

Local reporting: Debbie Cenziper, the Miami Herald, for reports on waste, favoritism and lack of oversight at the Miami housing agency.

National reporting: Charlie Savage, the Boston Globe, for revelations that President Bush often used "signing statements" to assert his controversial right to bypass provisions of new laws.

International reporting: the Wall Street Journal staff, for reports on the adverse impact of China's booming capitalism on conditions ranging from inequality to pollution.

Feature writing: Andrea Elliott, the New York Times, for her portrait of an immigrant imam.

Commentary: Cynthia Tucker, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, for columns "that evince a strong sense of morality and persuasive knowledge of the community."

Criticism: Jonathan Gold, LA Weekly, for his "zestful, wide-ranging" restaurant reviews.

Editorial writing: Arthur Browne, Beverly Weintraub and Heidi Evans of the New York Daily News, for editorials on behalf of ailing ground zero workers.

Editorial cartooning: Walt Handelsman, Newsday, for his "stark, sophisticated cartoons and his impressive use of zany animation."

Breaking news photography: Oded Balilty, the Associated Press, for his photograph of a lone Jewish woman defying Israeli security forces in the West Bank.

Feature photography: Renee C. Byer, the Sacramento (Calif.) Bee, for her portrait of a single mother and her dying child.


Fiction: The Road, by Cormac McCarthy (Alfred A. Knopf).

Drama: Rabbit Hole, by David Lindsay-Abaire.

History: The Race Beat: The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle, and the Awakening of a Nation, by Gene Roberts and Hank Klibanoff (Alfred A. Knopf).

Biography: The Most Famous Man in America: The Biography of Henry Ward Beecher, by Debby Applegate (Doubleday).

Poetry: Native Guard, by Natasha Trethewey (Houghton Mifflin).

General nonfiction: The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11, by Lawrence Wright (Alfred A. Knopf).

Music: Sound Grammar, by Ornette Coleman.

Special citations

Ray Bradbury, 87, for prolific and deeply influential writing in science fiction and fantasy.

John Coltrane (1926-1967), for masterful improvisation, supreme musicianship and iconic centrality to the history of jazz.