Pulitzer Prizes awarded to Washington Post, New York Times, LA Times

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The Washington Post won the Pulitzer Prize in public service journalism on Monday for its coverage of the January 6 insurrection at the US Capitol, an attack on democracy that was a shocking start to a tumultuous year that also saw the end war, in Afghanistan.

The Post’s extensive reporting, published in a sophisticated interactive series, found numerous problems and flaws in political systems and security before, during and after the January 6, 2021 riots in the paper’s own backyard. The Insurrection also garnered an award from Getty Images, which won one of two awards for breaking news photography.

The US withdrawal and the revival of Taliban control in Afghanistan permeated all categories: the other award for breaking news photography went to Los Angeles Times correspondent and photographer. marcus yam, for work related to the fall of Kabul. The New York Times won in the international reporting category for reporting challenging official accounts of civilian deaths from US airstrikes in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Pulitzer Prizes, administered by Columbia University and considered the most prestigious in American journalism, recognize work in 15 journalistic categories and seven artistic categories. This year’s awards, which were broadcast live, honored work produced in 2021. The winner of the public service award receives a gold medal, while winners in each of the other categories receive $15,000.

The intersection of health, safety and infrastructure played a prominent role among the winning projects.

The Tampa Bay Times won the investigative reporting award for “Poisoned,” its in-depth look at a polluting lead factory. The Miami Herald took home the breaking news award for its work covering the deadly Surfside condominium tower collapse, while The Better Government Association and the Chicago Tribune won local reporting for “Deadly Fires, Broken Promises.” , the control body and the periodic review of a lack of implementation of fire safety standards.

“As a newsroom, we put our hearts into the breaking news and ongoing daily coverage, and subsequent investigative coverage, of the Champlain Towers South condominium collapse story,” wrote The Miami Herald executive editor, Monica Richardson, in a statement. “It was our story to tell because the people and families of Surfside who were affected by this unthinkable tragedy are part of our community.”

Elsewhere in Florida, Tampa Bay Times publisher and vice president Mark Katches echoed that sentiment, calling his paper’s victory “a testament to the importance of a vital local newsroom like the Times.”

The Pulitzer Prizes also gave a special mention to Ukrainian journalists, recognizing their “courage, resilience, and commitment” in covering the ongoing Russian invasion that began earlier this year. Last August, the Pulitzer board gave a special citation to Afghan journalists who risked their safety to help produce news and images from their own war-torn country.


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