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Pulitzer awarded for James Kim stories

The story of James Kim of San Francisco, who died in an attempt to rescue his stranded family in the Oregon mountains, resulted in a Pulitzer Prize for The Oregonian newspaper in Portland. Above, in this AP photo, Oregonian editor Sandy Rowe rejoices this morning over the news that her paper won the Pulitzer for breaking news.

Once again, no Bay Area newspaper won a Pulitzer this year. Cities with newspapers that did win included New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Miami, Atlanta, Sacramento and Birmingham, Ala. Renee C. Byer of The Sacramento Bee was honored for feature photography for her portrayal of a single mother and her young son as he loses his battle with cancer.

The Pulitzer Prize Patrol hasn’t visited the San Jose Mercury News since 1990. Same for the Oakland Tribune. The Chronicle had one two years ago for photography by Deanne Fitzmaurice and another in 1996 awarded to columnist Herb Caen. The Hearst-owned Examiner had one in 1987 for photography and the Merc in 1986 for international reporting. No Bay Area dailies won Pulitzers in the 1960s or 70s.

TOTALS BY NEWSPAPER: Merc 2, Oakland Tribune 2, Examiner (Hearst) 2, Chronicle 5, Denver Post 4, Akron (Ohio) Beacon Journal 4, Seattle Times 7, Miami Herald 18, Philadelphia Inquirer 18, Boston Globe 19, Chicago Tribune 24, Wall Street Journal 31, LA Times 38, NY Times, 94. Figures include today’s awards.

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