The New York Times and The Washington Post each won a Pulitzer Prize for national reporting on Monday, capping a newsroom battle last year for scoops on links between Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and Russia, the focus of an ongoing special counsel investigation into the 2016 election.
Another dominant story of 2017, the global reckoning over sexual misconduct across industries, was also a major theme of this year’s awards. The Times and The New Yorker, whose separate, groundbreaking reports on disgraced film mogul Harvey Weinstein opened the floodgates last fall, shared the public service prize. The Times’ Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey led their paper’s coverage, while Ronan Farrow’s work for The New Yorker was honored.
The Post picked up the investigative award for its in-depth reporting on accusations of sexual misconduct against Roy Moore, who lost his Senate bid in Alabama amid the controversy.
Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah won the feature writing award for her GQ piece “A Most American Terrorist: The Making of Dylann Roof,” about the white supremacist convicted of killing nine black churchgoers in Charleston, South Carolina. It’s the magazine’s first Pulitzer Prize.
Pulitzer administrator Dana Canedy, in announcing the journalism prizes in New York, said the winners “uphold the highest purpose of a free and independent press, even in the most trying of times.”
The staffs of The Arizona Republic and USA Today Network won the explanatory award for an ambitious project on Trump’s proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, a nine-month investigation that included dozens of reporters and photographers. The staff of The Press Democrat in Santa Rosa, California, won the breaking news prize for its coverage of the deadly wildfires in the state’s wine country last fall, and The Cincinnati Enquirer took home the local award for covering the ravages of the city’s heroin epidemic.
Reuters won the international reporting award for its coverage of President Rodrigo Duterte’s crackdown on drugs in the Philippines, and the agency’s photographers received the feature photography prize for their images of the plight of Rohingya refugees who have fled Myanmar.
The breaking news photography award went to Ryan Kelly of The Daily Progress of Charlottesville, Virginia, who captured the moment that a car plowed into counter-protesters demonstrating against a white nationalist rally in the college town, killing one of them.
The commentary award went to John Archibald of Alabama Media Group in Birmingham, Alabama, for pieces on politics, women’s rights and other topics. Art critic Jerry Saltz of New York magazine won the criticism award for what the judges called his “canny and often daring perspective.”
Andie Dominick of The Des Moines Register received the editorial writing prize for pieces about the consequences of privatizing Iowa’s administration of Medicaid.
Freelance writer Jake Halpern and freelance cartoonist Michael Sloan were awarded the editorial cartooning prize for a graphic narrative in The New York Times about a family of refugees fearing deportation.
In nonjournalism categories, rap star Kendrick Lamar was awarded the Pulitzer for music, becoming the first non-classical or non-jazz artist to win the prize.
The winners are chosen by the Pulitzer Prize Board, which includes leading journalists and academics, and the prizes are administered by Columbia University.