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by Nigel M Smith
April 14, 2014 4:03 PM
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Filmmaker Laura Poitras' Work Rewarded With a Pulitzer Prize

Director Laura Poitras

The 2014 Pulitzer Prize winners were announced today. Among the winners was work led by Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Laura Poitras, who worked with both winning publications, The Washington Post and The Guardian, for their stories on NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, who leaked the documents that proved that the NSA was collecting phone and data records from telephone and internet companies for the past several years.

Poitras was one of the first journalists to meet with Snowden in Hong Kong, where she shot her video interview with the whistleblower for The Guardian. Since then she has reported on Snowden's NSA disclosures for news outlets including Der Spiegel and The New York Times.

The documentarian, best known for the Oscar-nominated Iraq War doc "My Country, My Country" and the Sundance winner "The Oath," is currently editing a film focused on the NSA. For the full list of Pulitzer Prize winners go here.


  • Freedom | April 15, 2014 2:35 PMReply

    what a horrible thing to do

  • NotQuite | April 14, 2014 5:30 PMReply

    The Pulitzer went to The Guardian and Washington was their work which was rewarded with a Pulitzer...The Pulitzer page does not mention Poitras even though she is an excellent documentarian.

  • PS | April 14, 2014 5:33 PM

    One more thing...see Beth Hanna's post in Thompson on Hollywood to see how to word Poitras' contribution accurately