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Huffington Post becomes 1st blog to win Pulitzer Prize

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Founder of "the Huffington Post," Arianna Huffington (left)
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An online-only report today won American journalism’s top honor. This year’s Pulitzer Prize for national reporting goes to a series that ran in the Huffington Post.

The Pulitzer committee honored reporter David Wood for what it called “his riveting exploration of the physical and emotional challenges facing American soldiers severely wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan during a decade of war.”

In a series of stories called “Beyond the Battlefield,” Wood drew on his more than four decades as a military affairs reporter to shed light on the special concerns of veterans from the United States’ most recent foreign conflicts.

The reporter, who formerly worked for the Los Angeles Times, is a lifelong Quaker who was a conscientious objector to the Vietnam War.

The 6-year-old Huffington Post, a combination of original and aggregated reports and opinion pieces, is the first blog to land a Pulitzer. Its Los Angeles-based founder is longtime activist Arianna Huffington; she operates the Post in conjunction with media company AOL.

Only in the last two years has the prize committee considered online journalism. The non-profit ProPublica has won two for its reporting.