Details and reaction on the winners of the 2011 Pulitzer Prizes:
PUBLIC SERVICE: The Los Angeles Times.
The newspaper was honored for its stories exposing the lavish salaries and benefits being paid to officials in Bell, a small working-class city that is among the poorest in Los Angeles County.
The series, written by Jeff Gottlieb, Ruben Vives and other Times reporters, led to criminal charges against the city administrator, Robert Rizzo, and seven other current and former officials.
The series began after Gottlieb and Vives, while reporting a story in a neighboring community, learned that Bell's part-time city council members were being paid about $100,000 a year.