The New York Times and Reuters Led the 2019 Pulitzer Prizes With 2 Each. See the Full List of Winners

Three outlets were recognized for covering mass shootings

Coverage from The New York Times and Reuters took top prizes this year. Sources: The Pulitzer Prizes
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The New York Times and Reuters each won two Pulitzer Prize awards as part of the 103rd class of Pulitzer winners, announced this afternoon.

Dana Canedy, the Pulitzer administrator, said it was an “especially competitive field” and said she was admittedly breaking tradition to recognize the student newspaper, The Eagle Eye, at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, whom she said “should give us all hope for the future of journalism” after it reported on the fatal shooting.

Canedy also recognized other reporters who were killed in the line of duty, including Jamal Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist, and staff members at Capital Gazette who were killed when a gunman open fired in the newsroom.

Their work this year shows “a steely resolve in upholding the highest principals and ideals in this noble profession,” Canedy said. The Capital Gazette was given a special citation by the Pulitzer board and a $100,000 bequest to “further the newspaper’s journalistic mission.” Notably, a trio of different outlets were recognized for their work in covering three separate mass shootings: the South Florida Sun Sentinel, the Capital Gazette and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Aretha Franklin was also given a special citation for her “indelible contribution” to American music, Canedy said. The prizes will be distributed at a lunch on May 28 at Columbia’s Low Memorial Library.

Here are the 21 winners, out of the more than 2,500 entries that are submitted every year:


Public Service: South Florida Sun Sentinel, for coverage of the fatal shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School

Breaking News Reporting: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, for coverage of the mass killing at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue

Investigative Reporting: Matt Hamilton, Harriet Ryan and Paul Pringle of the Los Angeles Times, for coverage of the University of Southern California gynecologist accused of harassment

Explanatory Reporting: David Barstow, Susanne Craig and Russ Buettner of The New York Times, for coverage of Trump’s taxes

Local Reporting: Staff of The Advocate, for coverage of Louisiana’s court system

National Reporting: Staff of The Wall Street Journal, for coverage of Trump’s payoffs to women

International Reporting: Maggie Michael, Maad al-Zikry and Nariman El-Mofty of the Associated Press, for coverage of the war in Yemen

International Reporting: Reuters, with notable contributions from Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, for coverage from Myanmar

Feature Writing: Hannah Dreier of ProPublica, for coverage on crackdown on MS-13

Commentary: Tony Messenger of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, for coverage of unjust conditions in Missouri

Criticism: Carlos Lozada of The Washington Post

Editorial Writing: Brent Staples, The New York Times

Editorial Cartooning: Darrin Bell, freelancer

Breaking News Photography: Staff of Reuters, coverage of migrants coming to the U.S.

Feature Photography: Lorenzo Tugnoli, The Washington Post: coverage of Yemen

Letters, Drama and Music

Fiction: The Overstory by Richard Powers

Drama: Fairview by Jackie Sibblies Drury

History: Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom by David W. Blight

Biography: The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke by Jeffrey C. Stewart

Poetry: Be With by Forrest Gander

General Nonfiction: Amity and Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing of America by Eliza Griswold

Music: prism by Ellen Reid

@SaraJerde Sara Jerde is publishing editor at Adweek, where she covers traditional and digital publishers’ business models. She also oversees political coverage ahead of the 2020 election.
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