NEW YORK — The Denver Post won a Pulitzer Prize on Monday for its coverage of the movie-theater massacre in Aurora, Colo., while The New York Times captured four awards for reporting on the rise of a new aristocracy in China, the business practices of Apple, bribery in Mexico by Wal-Mart, and a harrowing avalanche.
The Associated Press received the award in breaking-news photography for its coverage of the civil war in Syria.
The online publication InsideClimate News won the Pulitzer for national reporting for reports on problems in the regulation of oil pipelines.
The Sun Sentinel of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., received the public service award for an investigation of off-duty police officers’ reckless driving, and The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post were recognized for commentary and criticism, respectively.
The Star-Tribune of Minneapolis captured two awards, for local reporting and editorial cartooning.
The Syrian conflict also was the subject of the winning entry in feature photography. Javier Manzano, a freelance photographer, won for an image of two rebel soldiers guarding their position as light streams through bullet holes in a wall.
At the Sun Sentinel, reporters explored speeding by off-duty officers. The reporting led to disciplinary action and other steps to stop the speeding.
At the Star Tribune, Brad Schrade, Jeremy Olson, and Glenn Howatt captured the Pulitzer for local reporting for examining a sharp rise in infant deaths at day-care centers. Steve Sack won for editorial cartooning.
In opinion writing categories, Bret Stephens of The Wall Street Journal received the commentary award for columns on American foreign policy and domestic politics.
The Washington Post’s chief art critic, Philip Kennicott, was honored for a series of works that include his writings on the Corcoran Gallery of Art.
The editorial writing award went to Tim Nickens and Daniel Ruth of the Tampa Bay Times for a series of editorials that helped reverse a decision to end fluoridation of the water supply in Pinellas County.
Winners from the New York Times were: David Barstow and Alejandra Xanic von Bertrab for investigative reporting; David Barboza for international reporting; John Branch for feature writing; and the Times staff for explanatory reporting.
The finalists for the national reporting award included Boston Globe staff reporters Liz Kowalczyk, Carolyn Johnson, Todd Wallack, Patricia Wen, and Kay Lazar. The Globe’s Juliette Kayyem was a finalist in the commentary category.
Adam Johnson’s ‘‘The Orphan Master’s Son,’’ won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. The biography winner was Tom Reiss’s ‘‘The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo.’’ Gilbert King’s ‘‘Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America’’ won for general nonfiction; and Sharon Olds’s ‘‘Stag’s Leap’’ for poetry. The prize for drama went to Ayad Akhtar’s ‘‘Disgraced.’’