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The 2014 Pulitzer Prize winners were announced on Monday. 

The Washington Post and The Guardian each won a Pulitzer Prize in the Public Service category, taking home one of the most prestgious and coveted journalism awards for their coverage of Edward Snowden's whistleblowing on the widespread secret surveillance of the global population.

Edward Snowden, a National Security Agency contractor, revealed that the NSA had been spying on the world in early 2013 and fled the country, seeking asylum in Europe.

The Washington Post's coverage of the event helped the public understand the "larger framework of national security" while The Guardian sparked debate between the US government and the public over issues of privacy and security.

The Boston Globe staff also took home a Pulitzer in the Breaking News category for their coverage of the Boston Marathon bombing and ensuing manhunt. 

The Pulitzer Prize was named for Joseph Pulitzer who founded the Columbia Journalism School. The awards are decided upon by a 19-member panel of editors, executives, and academics. A complete list of the winners follows.

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