Social Justice-Oriented Journalism and Literature Win Pulitzer Prizes

Bruno Cirelli
Aprile 18, 2017

Washington Post reporter David Fahrenthold, who disclosed how President Donald Trump made crude comments about women during an unaired portion of an interview on "Access Hollywood" in 2005, won the Pulitzer Prize on Monday for national reporting.

The New York Daily News and ProPublica won a Pulitzer Prize for their joint investigation into abuses in the New York City Police Department's enforcement of a nuisance abatement law.

Other Pulitzer winners included an worldwide consortium of more than 300 reporters on six continents that exposed the so-called Panama Papers detailing the hidden infrastructure and global scale of offshore tax havens used by wealthy and powerful elites around the world.

Winning the award for investigative reporting was journalist Eric Eyre, with the Charleston Gazette-Mail, for his coverage of the uncontrolled flow of opioids into the most disadvantaged areas of West Virginia.

The "Breaking News Reporting" prize was ultimately won by the staff of the East Bay Times in Oakland, California, for their "relentless coverage" of a fire that killed 36 people at the Ghost Ship warehouse.

Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said they respect the Pulitzer Prize win for the New York Times' photo essay on the government's campaign against illegal drugs.

They also come in the face of a combative stance from President Trump, who has called the news media "the enemy of the American people".

Fahrenthold, of the Washington Post, receiving the National Reporting award for reporting the truth behind Donald Trump's claims of charitable activities. Combined with occasional (but diminishing) access to the Trump campaign, additional reporting and monstrous amounts of fact-checking, he discovered some pretty terrible things about Trump's claims (i.e. most were false) and immediately found himself on the receiving end of the eventual president's attacks.

The Times staff won the worldwide reporting award for a series of reports on Vladimir Putin's efforts to project Russia's power overseas.

The Times revealed "techniques that included assassination, online harassment and the planting of incriminating evidence on opponents", the judges said.

In 2009, Chivers was part of team of reporters who won the Pulitzer in the global reporting category for coverage of Afghanistan and Pakistan. It chose the winners with the help of 102 jurors.

More than 2,500 entries were submitted for prizes in categories ranging from public service and breaking news to commentary, cartooning and photography. The Pulitzer is America's most prestigious journalism award and given in 14 categories of journalism, as well as seven categories for the arts.

Colson Whitehead took home the venerable fiction prize for his critically-acclaimed novel The Underground Railroad, which reimagines the historic route as an actual railroad.

"The Chicago Tribune" on the Pulitzer Prize for feature photography for portraying a 10-year-old boy and his mother striving to put the boy's life back together after he survived a shooting in Chicago.

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