Gene Roberts and Hank Klibanoff won the Pulitzer Prize for history for "The Race Beat: The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle, and the Awakening of a Nation." The book traces how the civil rights struggle was covered by the press, breaking down prejudices within journalism and as well as in American society.
Cormac McCarthy won for fiction for his sparse, apocalyptic novel, "The Road."
Debby Applegate won for biography for "The Most Famous Man in America: The Biography of Henry Ward Beecher," the 19th century abolitionist and preacher.
David Lindsay-Abaire won the drama prize for "Rabbit Hole," about a wealthy, suburban couple trying to come to terms with the death of their young son, Danny, accidentally killed when he runs into the street and is struck by a car.
Jazz artist Ornette Coleman won for music for "Sound Grammar."
Natasha Trethewey won for poetry for "Native Guard."
Special citations were given to science fiction icon Ray Bradbury and famed jazz saxaphonist John Coltrane.