Colson Whitehead wins Pulitzer Prize for 'The Underground Railroad'

Apr 16, 2017, 02:10

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, McClatchy, and The Miami Herald won.

In national reporting, the Reuters team of Renee Dudley, Steve Stecklow, Alexandra Harney, Irene Jay Liu, Koh Gui Qing, James Pomfret and Ju-min Park was recognized for their series "Cheat Sheet", documenting how the business of college admissions and standardized testing has been corrupted.

The Salt Lake Tribune staffers secured their Pulitzer for the courageous string of articles that revealed Brigham Young University's systematic disregard and abusive treatment of sexual assault victims. Together, they uncovered the New York Police Department's abuse of eviction laws, prompting sweeping changes to the department.

David Fahrenthold, the rare print journalist to go viral, won the award for national reporting for his months-long examination of Trump's philanthropy (or lack thereof).

Washington Post editor Martin Baron, left, joins the paper's staff in congratulating David Fahrenthold, center, upon learning that he won the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting, for dogged reporting of Donald Trump's philanthropy, in the newsroom of the Washington Post in Washington on Monday, April 10, 2017.

The Pulitzer Prize is given out by Columbia University and is considered the most prestigious award in American journalism.

The New York Times says it mistakenly published an announcement promoting a Facebook Live event with its Pulitzer Prize winners, hours before the winners were announced.

Trudy Rubin, a longtime Inquirer columnist and foreign affairs reporter, was named a finalist Monday for the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary.

Co-owner Art Cullen won the editorial writing award for challenging powerful corporate agricultural interests in the state. She is also a member of The Inquirer's editorial board.

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Editorial Cartooning: Jim Morin, Miami Herald.

There are 21 Pulitzer categories.

The New York Times has won three Pulitzer Prizes, for worldwide reporting, breaking news photography and feature writing. Judges decided victors from nominated writers, editorialists, general newspaper staffers, photographers, and editorial cartoonists.

Also nominated as finalists: Jake May of The Flint Journal in MI for photographs from Flint's contaminated-water crisis; and Katie Falkenberg of the Los Angeles Times for a photo essay from the front lines of Brazil's war on Zika.

Among the arts winners, Colson Whitehead took the fiction prize for "The Underground Railroad", a novel that combined flights of imagination with the grimmest and most realistic detail of 19th-century slavery.

Also nominated as finalists: "Imagine Me Gone", by Adam Haslett; and "The Sport of Kings", by C.E. Morgan.

The gripping "Blood in the Water: The Attica Uprising of 1971 and its Legacy" by Heather Ann Thompson has won the Pulitzer Prize for history.

"The Return: Fathers, Sons, and the Land in Between" by Hisham Matar has won the Pulitzer Prize for autobiography.