BOSTON (AP) — Journalists at The Boston Globe honored the victims of last year's marathon bombings Monday after being awarded a Pulitzer Prize in the breaking news category for the paper's coverage of the attack.
The announcement of the award came as the city prepares for Tuesday's anniversary of the bombing.
The Pulitzer committee cited the Globe's "exhaustive and empathetic coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings and the ensuing manhunt that enveloped the city, using photography and a range of digital tools to capture the full impact of the tragedy."
Globe Editor Brian McGrory asked the staff to observe a moment of "quiet reflection and remembrance" for those affected by the bombings, and for those who lost their lives, according to the paper.
"There's nobody in this room who wanted to cover this story. Each and every one of us hopes that nothing like it ever happens again on our watch," he told the newsroom, calling the bombing and its aftermath "the greatest challenge that any of us have had in our professional careers."
Three people were killed and more than 260 wounded in the attack, transforming a typically celebratory event into a scene of horror and heroics.
The prize also recognized the Globe's coverage of the hunt for the bombing suspects in the nerve-wracking days after the attack.
According to the Globe, the award was the seventh Pulitzer awarded to the paper in the past 12 years and the newspaper's 23rd overall.
The prize was the paper's first Pulitzer for breaking news coverage.