The New York Times was awarded Pulitzer Prizes on Monday for its investigative journalism and cultural criticism, while The Washington Post won for its comprehensive coverage of the Jan. 6 riot at the US Capitol.
The staff of The Times won the prize in the international category for a deeply reported look at the failures of America’s air war across the Middle East, including its tragic civilian toll.
An investigation into deadly police traffic stops around the United States by The Times was recognized for national reporting.
Salamishah Tillet, a contributing critic at large for The Times, won the criticism category for her writing on race in arts and culture.
The Washington Post won the public service category, considered the most prestigious of the prizes, for “The Attack,” a sprawling chronological examination of what led to the siege on the Capitol building, what transpired during the riot and its aftermath. The Pulitzer Prizes are presented annually by Columbia University for excellence in journalism, books, music and drama.
The staff of the Miami Herald won for breaking news reporting for their coverage of the partial collapse of the Champlain Towers South condo tower in the town of Surfside, which killed nearly 100 people.
Corey G. Johnson, Rebecca Woolington and Eli Murray of The Tampa Bay Times were awarded the prize for investigative reporting for “Poisoned,” in which they exposed the dangers of a lead smelter in Tampa, Fla., and the serious consequences it had on workers.
Madison Hopkins of the Better Government Association, a Chicago journalism nonprofit, and Cecilia Reyes of the Chicago Tribune won for local reporting after their yearlong reporting project revealed that Chicago officials had been warned about safety issues in buildings where tenants were killed by fires.
The staff of Quanta Magazine, a science and mathematics publication, including reporter Natalie Wolchover, were awarded the explanatory reporting award for coverage of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope.
Jennifer Senior of The Atlantic won the features writing award for her article on a family grappling with loss in the 20 years since the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
“These are challenging and dangerous days for journalists around the world,” John Daniszewski, co-chair of the Pulitzer Prizes board, said in a livestream of the announcement on Monday, citing the 12 journalists who had died in the war on Ukraine and eight Mexican journalists who have been murdered this year.
He said the threat to independent journalism meant it was “essential that journalists at every level keep doing the difficult and sometimes courageous work to bring the public true and revelatory stories on subjects from corruption to freedom of expression to civil rights to the degradation of the environment to suppression of women’s freedoms and threats against disadvantaged people of all kinds.”
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