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Lauding path-breaking journalism, Pulitzer announces 2016 winners

The Pulitzer Board conferred the most prestigious honours in US journalism and the arts at New York’s Columbia University on Monday.

books Updated: Apr 21, 2016 13:37 IST
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Pulitzer Prize recipients gather for a celebration honouring the centennial of the Prize at the Newseum in Washington DC on January 28, 2016. (Reuters)

The Pulitzer Board conferred the most prestigious honours in US journalism and the arts at New York’s Columbia University on Monday.

This year’s announcement marked the 100th anniversary of the Pulitzers, which began in 1917 after a bequest from newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer.

Listed below are the winners who were felicitated this year for their outstanding work:

Investigative reporting

Leonora LaPeter Anton and Anthony Cormier from The Tampa Bay Times, and Michael Braga from The Sarasota Herald-Tribune

For their series, ‘Insane. Invisible. In Danger’, which connected steep budget cuts with rising violence and neglect at Florida mental hospitals.

National reporting

Staff, The Washington Post

For its revelatory national database detailing fatal shootings by police officers nationwide. The Post identified 990 fatal shootings nationwide in 2015, far more than ever recorded by the federal government.

International reporting

Alissa J. Rubin, The New York Times

Alissa Rubin of the New York Times, center, is applauded by her colleagues in the newsroom in New York, including chief executive Mark Thompson, center right, after winning the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting on Monday. (AP)

For reports illuminating the struggles endured by women in postwar Afghanistan. The committee highlighted an investigation into the death of Farkhunda Malikzada, 27, who was killed by a mob, and the failure of Afghanistan’s legal system in its aftermath.

Breaking news

Staff, The Los Angeles Times

The Times’ coverage of the mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, which killed 14 people, was a newsroomwide effort that resulted in a live-blog that was constantly being refreshed, and a main news story that was updated 22 times.

Feature writing

Kathryn Schulz, The New Yorker

Kathryn Schulz. (AP)

For her vivid investigation into the Cascadiasubduction zone, a fault line that threatens to unleash “the worst natural disaster in the history of North America,” potentially ravaging vast portions of the Pacific Northwest with a huge earthquake and resultant tsunami.

Public Service

The Associated Press

The Associated Press team that investigated seafood caught by slaves. (From left) Martha Mendoza, Robin McDowell, Esther Htusan and Margie Mason. (AP)

The AP’s investigation into the use of slave labor across the seafood industry in Southeast Asia traced how that very seafood was then sold across supermarkets and restaurants in the United States. It was credited for a series of articles that “freed 2,000 slaves, brought perpetrators to justice and inspired reforms.”

Local reporting

Michael LaForgia, Cara Fitzpatrick and Lisa Gartner from The Tampa Bay Times

Tampa Bay Times reporters Lisa Gartner, center, reacts to Pulitzer prize announcements in the Times' newsroom in St. Petersburg, on Monday. (AP)

For exposing “a local school board’s culpability in turning some county schools into failure factories.”

Explanatory journalism

T. Christian Miller from ProPublica, and Ken Armstrong from The Marshall Project

Ken Armstrong. (AP)

For their article, ‘An Unbelievable Story of Rape’, about a failed police investigation into a young woman’s allegations of rape.


Emily Nussbaum, The New Yorker

Emily Nussbaum. (AP)

For a set of reviews and essays about subjects like Joan Rivers’ legacy, David Letterman’s last shows, Robert Durst and the end of ‘Mad Men’.


Farah Stockman, The Boston Globe

Farah Stockman. (AP)

In a series of reported columns, Stockman wrote about the legacy of busing in Boston, which began there in 1974, and about the complex problems of race relations that persist today, in that city and throughout the country.

Editorial cartooning

Jack Ohman, The Sacramento Bee

This cartoon by Jack Ohman of The Sacramento Bee won the editorial cartooning Pulitzer Prize on Monday. (AP)

For conveying wry, rueful perspectives through sophisticated style that combines bold line work with subtle colors and textures.

Editorial writing

John Hackworth, Sun Newspaper

For “fierce, indignant editorials that demanded truth and change” after a state prison inmate was beaten to death by 10 corrections officers. His editorials led to the resignations or dismissals of the corrections officers as well as changes in the prison’s administration.

Breaking news photography

Mauricio Lima, Sergey Ponomarev, Tyler Hicks and Daniel Etter from The New York Times, and Reuters’ photography staff

A policeman tries to stop a migrant from boarding a train through a window at Gevgelija train station in Macedonia, close to the border with Greece. (REUTERS)

For documenting the huge scale of the migrant crisis as it swept across Europe and the individual pain of families finding their way in the turmoil.

Feature photography

Jessica Rinaldi, The Boston Globe

Jessica Rinaldi. (AP)

For her “raw and revealing” photographs of a 5-year-old boy struggling to regain his footing after nearly dying at the hands of his mother’s abusive boyfriend.


Lin-Manuel Miranda for ‘Hamilton’

Lin-Manuel Miranda (centre) with the cast during a performance of ‘Hamilton’ in New York. (AP)

Miranda’s work, a musical about the life and death of Alexander Hamilton, is distinguished by its use of hip-hop music and a predominantly Hispanic and African-American cast to explore American’s revolutionary era.


William Finnegan for ‘Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life’

Finnegan’s memoir of over five decades on and off the waves was praised for taking readers “deep into unfamiliar worlds, some of them right under our noses.”


TJ Stiles for ‘Custer’s Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America’

The book cover of ‘Custer's Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America’ by TJ Stiles. (AP)

For a “magisterial” biography that “radically changes our view of the man and his turbulent time,” looking past a tidy narrative that ends at Little Bighorn to take in America’s transformation in the 19th century.

General non-fiction

Joby Warrick for ‘Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS’

The book cover of ‘Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS’ by Joby Warrick. (AP)

Warrick’s book explores how the United States’ flawed military strategy in Iraq helped fuel the rise of the terrorist group the Islamic State.


Viet Thanh Nguyen for ‘The Sympathizer’

Viet Thanh Nguyen. (AP)

His debut novel, ‘The Sympathizer’, opens in 1975 in Saigon and is narrated by “the captain,” a Communist sympathizer who escapes to Los Angeles and spies on a South Vietnamese group he has infiltrated.


Henry Threadgill for ‘In for a Penny, In for a Pound’

For this 2015 recording featuring his quintet, Zooid. The Pulitzer board described it as “a highly original work in which notated music and improvisation mesh in a sonic tapestry that seems the very expression of modern American life.”


Peter Balakian for ‘Ozone Journal’

Balakian’s seventh book of poems, it is deeply rooted in thoughts about the Armenian genocide. The author, 64, traveled in 2009 to excavate the bones of victims in the Syrian desert.

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First Published: Apr 19, 2016 13:07 IST