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Pulitzer Prizes for Journalism awarded to The New York Times, The Washington Post, AP and others

NEW YORK — The New York Times and The Washington Post each received three Pulitzer Prizes Monday for work in 2023 covering everything from the war in Gaza to gun violence, and The Associated Press won in the feature photography category for reporting on global migration to The United States

Hamas’s October 7 attack on Israel and its aftermath produced work that resulted in two Pulitzers and a special citation. The Times won for reporting that the Pulitzer board described as “comprehensive and revealing,” while the news service Reuters won for its photography. The quote went to journalists and other writers covering the war in Gaza.

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Migrants reach through a border wall for clothing distributed by volunteers as they wait between two border walls to seek asylum in San Diego Friday, May 12, 2023. The image was part of a series by Associated Press photographers Ivan Valencia, Eduardo Verdugo, Felix Marquez, Marco Ugarte Fernando Llano, Eric Gay, Gregory Bull and Christian Chavez, who won the 2024 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography. Gregory Bull/Associated Press

The prestigious public service award went to ProPublica for its reporting that “broke the thick wall of secrecy around the U.S. Supreme Court” to reveal how billionaires gave expensive gifts to judges and paid for luxury trips. Reporters Joshua Kaplan, Justin Elliott, Brett Murphy, Alex Mierjeski and Kirsten Berg were honored for their work.

The Pulitzers honor the best journalism of 2023 in 15 categories, as well as eight arts categories focused on books, music and theater. The public service winner receives a gold medal. All other winners will receive $15,000.

The 15 photos in AP’s winning entry were taken across Latin America and along the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas and California, in a year when immigration was one of the biggest stories in the world. They were shot by AP staffers Greg Bull, Eric Gay, Fernando Llano, Marco Ugarte and Eduardo Verdugo, and longtime AP freelancers Christian Chavez, Felix Marquez and Ivan Valencia.

“These raw and emotional images were captured through daily reporting of a historic moment across multiple countries, documenting migrants every step of their treacherous journey,” said Julie Pace, AP senior vice president and editor-in-chief.

The United States has experienced more than ten million arrivals at the border in the past five years, with migrants arriving from a wide range of new locations such as Venezuela, Cuba, Ecuador, Haiti, and Africa, in a contrast to previous eras.

The AP has won 59 Pulitzer Prizes, including 36 for photography. The news cooperative was named a finalist for the national Journalism Pulitzer on Monday for its reporting on hundreds of thousands of children who disappeared from public schools during the pandemic.

In citing the Times for its work in Israel and Gaza, the Pulitzer Board noted its reporting on the failures of the country’s intelligence services, along with the attack and Israel’s military response.

The award comes at a time when The Times has faced some controversy over its reporting; Last month, a group of journalism professors called on the publication to answer questions about an investigation into gender-based violence during the Hamas attack on Israel.

Hannah Dreier of The Times won a Pulitzer in investigative journalism for her stories on migrant child labor in the United States. Contributing writer Katie Engelhart won the paper’s third Pulitzer, in feature writing, for her portrayal of a family struggling with a matriarch’s dementia.

“Each of the winners and finalists demonstrates a drive for original, revealing reporting that underpins so much of what we produce, from the biggest story lines in news to features and classic investigations,” said Times President Joe Kahn. editor.

The Washington Post staff won national coverage for its “sobering investigation” of the AR-15 semi-automatic rifle, which was accompanied by some heartbreaking photos. “We really wanted to find a way to cover it in a different way and change the conversation about mass shootings,” Peter Walstein, the Post’s senior national business editor, told the paper.

David E. Hoffman of The Post won with an editorial for a “compelling and well-researched” series on how authoritarian regimes suppress dissent in the digital age. Third prize went to Vladimir Kara-Murza, for commentary written from a Russian prison cell.

The New Yorker magazine won two Pulitzers. Sarah Stillman won in explanatory reporting for her report on the justice system’s dependence on misdemeanor charges. Contributor Medar de la Cruz won in illustrated reporting and commentary for his story on humanizing inmates at Rikers Island Prison in New York City.

The staff at Lookout Santa Cruz in California won in the breaking news category for what the awards board called “nimble, community-oriented reporting” on floods and mudslides. On its website Monday, Lookout Santa Cruz said it was making its reporting free at a time of crisis in the community, and also using text messaging to reach people without power.

“In short, we did our job,” the staff said in an unsigned article, “and we got a lot of thanks for it. The Pulitzer is the icing on the cake.”

The Pulitzers presented a second award in national reporting to Reuters staff for an “eye-opening” series examining Elon Musk’s automotive and aerospace activities.

According to local reporting, Sarah Conway of City Bureau and Trina Reynolds-Tyler of the Invisible Institute won for an investigative series on missing Black girls and women in Chicago, which showed how racism and policing contributed to the problem.

The Pulitzer award went to Justin Chang of The Los Angeles Times for suggestive and genre-transcending coverage of films. The Pulitzer board’s second special mention went to the late hip-hop critic Greg Tate.

The prizes are awarded by Columbia University in New York, which has itself been in the news because of student demonstrations against the war in Gaza. The Pulitzer board met outside Columbia last weekend to deliberate on the winners.

The Pulitzers announced that five of the 45 finalists this year used artificial intelligence in researching and reporting their entries. It was the first time the board required applicants for the award to disclose their use of AI.

The prizes were established in the will of newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer and first awarded in 1917.


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