Greenwald, McCarthy among winners of arts academy prizes

NEW YORK (AP) — Journalist-activist Glenn Greenwald and novelist Cormac McCarthy are among the recipients of prizes handed out by the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Greenwald, who helped disclose the government’s massive surveillance programs, has won a $10,000 Arts and Letters award for “exceptional accomplishment in any genre.” His reporting for The Guardian helped the newspaper win a Pulitzer in 2014, and he was featured in the Oscar-winning documentary “Citizen Four.”

Other winners announced Thursday include McCarthy, awarded the $25,000 Merit Medal for his novel writing, and author-theater critic John Lahr, recipient of the $20,000 Harold D. Vursell Memorial Award for achievement in prose.

The academy, an honor society founded in 1898, cited 18 writers in all and $250,000 worth of prizes.