Included among the 2017 Pulitzer Prize winners, announced on April 10, are bold journalists. Judges decided victors from nominated writers, editorialists, general newspaper staffers, photographers, and editorial cartoonists.
Newspapers represented on the winner’s list vary in size and readership. The Pulitzer categories for journalism are:
- Public Service
- Breaking News, Investigative, Explanatory, Local, National, and International Reporting
- Feature Writing
- Editorial Writing and Cartooning
- Breaking News and Feature Photography
2017 Pulitzer Prize Winners in the Reporting Categories
New York Daily News and ProPublica earned the award in the Public Service category. The primary reporter, Sarah Ryley, and staffers thoroughly examined the abusive and illegal evictions of hundreds. The majority of these victims are considered to be from the lower-income population. Twelve winning stories were written between Feb. 5 and Nov. 3, 2016.
Staffers of the Oakland, Calif. newspaper, East Bay Times covered the tragic Ghost Ship fire and secured the Breaking News category prize for their coverage. The coverage began with the timeline of the fire on Dec. 3, and nine subsequent reports, ending with the last published on Dec. 11.
Eric Eyre exposed the opioid epidemic in rural West Virginia. He won the Pulitzer in the Investigative category for his stories in the Charleston Gazette-Mail.
For courageous reporting, performed in the face of powerful opposition, to expose the flood of opioids flowing into depressed West Virginia counties with the highest overdose death rates in the country.
In the Explanatory category, more than 300 reporters, from six continents were honored for exhaustive coverage of the Panama Papers. Between April 3 and Dec. 19, the team gathered pertinent information to educate the public about the hidden infrastructure of offshore tax havens, they also exposed the global scale of the scandal.
The Salt Lake Tribune staffers secured their Pulitzer for the brave string of articles that revealed Brigham Young University’s systematic disregard and abusive treatment of sexual assault victims. Eleven articles were written between April 13 and Nov. 19 beginning with “BYU students say victims of sexual assault are targeted by Honor Code.”
David A. Fahrenthold for The Washington Post earned the award in the National Reporting category. His coverage was of the distance between truth and fiction about Donald Trump’s philanthropy, according to The Washington Post. The Pulitzer website describes the journalist’s performance as:
For persistent reporting that created a model for transparent journalism in political campaign coverage while casting doubt on Donald Trump’s assertions of generosity toward charities.
The prize for International Reporting was awarded to staffers at The New York Times. The team of writers broadened their reader’s knowledge of Vladimir Putin’s Russia, the country’s dedication to global dominance via hacking, and various methods used to assert their power in the political affairs of other countries.
Pulitzer Prizes For Other Journalism Categories
C.J. Chivers secured the Feature Writing Pulitzer Prize. The New York Times Magazine writer was described by judges as an “artful accumulation of fact and detail.” His winning story “The Fighter” was published on Dec. 28. The subject of the article was Sam Siatta, a Marine who experienced the horrors of war, suffered from PTSD, and his descent into nonstereotypical criminal behavior.
For the Commentary category, Wall Street Journal’s Peggy Noonan wrote a series of columns, which offered readers insight into the changing policial environment during the explosive and discordant national presidential campaign.
One of The New Yorker’s writers, Hilton Als won the Pulitzer Prize for the category of Criticism. His reviews of stage dramas combined critical analysis and current real-world context.
The Storm Lake Times co-owner/editorialist, Art Cullen garnered the prize for his unyielding, expert, and engaging writing. His columns successfully challenged the agricultural corporate entities in the Iowa. Cullen’s winning works were written between March 3 and Nov. 18, with titles such as “Unveiling the Hidden Truth” and “Leave Sales Tax Alone.”
Editorial Cartooning Pulitzer Prize was won by satire-artist Jim Morin of Miami Herald. His cartoons depicting political and cultural topics were described by the judges as “biting prose and crisp wit.”
The Breaking News Photography category was secured by a freelancer, whose images were published in The New York Times. Daniel Berehulak’s pictures outlined the story of brutal and inhumane methods of the Philippine government’s handling drug dealers and users.
In the final journalist category, Feature Photography, the Pulitzer Prize was awarded to E. Jason Wambsgans of the Chicago Tribune. His photojournalism superbly covered the struggle of a 10-year-old shooting victim and his mother during the aftermath and recovery.
Pulitzer Prize History Celebrates 100 Years
Named after Joseph Pulitzer, the prizes for the highest achievement in journalism, musical composition, and literature were first awarded June 4, 1917. The centennial commemoration, “100 Years of the Pulitzers: Celebrating our Humanity,” is hosted by Penn State University Libraries from Dec. 12, 2016, through August 30, 2017.
By Cathy Milne
Pulitzer Prize: 2017 Winners
NPR: Here Are The Winners Of The 2017 Pulitzer Prizes
The Washington Post: Washington Post’s David Fahrenthold wins Pulitzer Prize for coverage of Trump’s charitable giving
The New York Times Magazine: The Fighter
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