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Sun Sentinel Wins Public Service Pulitzer for Parkland Shooting Coverage Pulitzer Prizes Focus on Coverage of Trump Finances and Parkland Shooting
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The Sun Sentinel of South Florida won the Pulitzer Prize for public service on Monday for its coverage of the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., a tragedy that unfolded just miles from the paper’s newsroom. Pulitzer Prizes were awarded on Monday to news organizations that uncovered instances of malfeasance and outright fraud in President Trump’s financial past, a nod to journalists’ perseverance in the face of the president’s ever-sharper attacks on a free press.
Reporters spent months documenting the shooting and its aftermath in their community and its effect on the national debate over gun rights. In a harrowing reconstruction, The Sun Sentinel revealed a series of failures by local officials and law enforcement that, the paper wrote, cost children their lives. The New York Times received the explanatory reporting prize for an 18-month investigation that revealed how the future president and his relatives avoided paying roughly half a billion dollars’ worth of taxes. The Wall Street Journal won the national reporting prize for disclosing clandestine payoffs by the president’s associates to two women who were said to have had affairs with Mr. Trump in the weeks before the 2016 election.
It was the second time The Sun Sentinel has received the public service award, considered the most prestigious of the Pulitzers. The paper, based in Deerfield Beach, Fla., north of Fort Lauderdale, won the category in 2013 for its investigation of the speeding habits of local police officers, who were later disciplined. Threats to journalists, foreign and domestic, provided a backdrop for this year’s prizes, which also recognized reporters forced to cover deadly tragedies in their hometowns and, in one case, their own newsroom.
In honoring a smaller newspaper, the Pulitzer board recognized the importance of local journalism at a moment when regional papers are struggling to survive. The awards, first handed out in 1917, are presented annually by Columbia University for excellence in journalism and letters. The South Florida Sun Sentinel won the prize for public service, considered the most prestigious of the Pulitzers, for documenting the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. The paper’s in-depth articles revealed a series of failures by local officials and law enforcement that, the paper wrote, cost children their lives.
The New York Times received the explanatory reporting prize for a forensic review of President Trump’s family finances, which uncovered a series of dubious schemes including instances of outright fraud that allowed the future president and his relatives to avoid paying hundreds of millions of dollars in taxes. The investigation, by the Times journalists David Barstow, Susanne Craig and Russ Buettner, drew on tens of thousands of pages of confidential records and lasted 18 months. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette won for breaking news coverage of a gunman’s spree at the Tree of Life synagogue. The Pulitzer board also recognized The Capital Gazette of Annapolis, Md., where five employees were killed in a shooting in June, with a special citation that included a $100,000 bequest. Dana Canedy, the awards’ administrator, cited the Gazette’s “unflagging commitment to covering news at a time of unspeakable grief.”
Mr. Trump’s financial irregularities were also the focus of a prizewinning report by The Wall Street Journal, which revealed how the president’s lawyer, Michael D. Cohen, arranged hush-money payments to two women in the run-up to the 2016 election. The Journal won the award in the category of national reporting. Invoking the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, The Washington Post columnist killed in Turkey by Saudi assassins, she praised this year’s journalists for a willingness to speak truth to power. “This year’s winning work reflects yet again a steely resolve in upholding the principles of this noble profession,” Ms. Canedy said.
The Times also won the prize for editorial writing, for essays by Brent Staples, who has been a member of the paper’s editorial board since 1990. In honoring The Sun Sentinel, The Post-Gazette and The Capital Gazette, the Pulitzer board underlined the importance of local journalism at a moment when regional papers are struggling to survive. The awards, first given in 1917, are presented annually by Columbia University for excellence in journalism and letters.
This is a developing story and will be updated. The full list of winners is below: The Times’s investigation into Mr. Trump’s family finances, by the journalists David Barstow, Susanne Craig and Russ Buettner, drew on tens of thousands of pages of confidential records and previously undisclosed tax returns. The award was the fourth Pulitzer win for Mr. Barstow.
PUBLIC SERVICE The Times also won the prize for editorial writing, for essays by Brent Staples, a member of the paper’s editorial board since 1990, that examined race and memory in communities in Texas and New York.
South Florida Sun Sentinel The Times Magazine shared in the award for feature writing, given to the ProPublica journalist Hannah Dreier, for capturing the plight of Salvadoran immigrants caught up in a federal crackdown on MS-13 gang members on Long Island.
BREAKING NEWS REPORTING [Here’s the full list of winners.]
Staff of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Among the year’s other winners were Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, two Reuters journalists who have been imprisoned for more than a year in Myanmar. Their reporting, on a military crackdown and human rights violations against Rohingya Muslims in the Southeast Asian nation, shared the prize for international reporting. Coverage by The Associated Press, of atrocities in Yemen, was also recognized.
INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING Photography awards went to Reuters, in the breaking news category, for its visual narrative of migrants journeying north toward the United States border; and to Lorenzo Tugnoli of The Washington Post, for documenting a devastating famine in Yemen.
Matt Hamilton, Harriet Ryan and Paul Pringle of the Los Angeles Times Carlos Lozada, the book critic of The Washington Post, won the award for criticism. Tony Messenger of The St. Louis Post-Dispatch received the commentary prize for columns about rural Missourians faced with unaffordable fines for minor offenses.
EXPLANATORY REPORTING The Los Angeles Times, after a period of grueling ownership changes and staff unrest, received the prize for investigative reporting after the paper revealed widespread accusations of sexual abuse by a gynecologist at the University of Southern California. The reporting, by Matt Hamilton, Harriet Ryan and Paul Pringle, in part led to the resignation of the university’s president.
David Barstow, Susanne Craig and Russ Buettner of The New York Times The Advocate, of Baton Rouge, La., received the prize for local reporting for an examination of Louisiana’s criminal justice system, including a Jim Crow-era law that disproportionately affected African-Americans.
LOCAL REPORTING
Staff of The Advocate, Baton Rouge, La.
NATIONAL REPORTING
Staff of The Wall Street Journal
INTERNATIONAL REPORTING
Maggie Michael, Maad al-Zikry and Nariman El-Mofty of The Associated Press and the Staff of Reuters, with notable contributions from Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo
FEATURE WRITING
Hannah Dreier of ProPublica
COMMENTARY
Tony Messenger of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch
CRITICISM
Carlos Lozada of The Washington Post
EDITORIAL WRITING
Brent Staples of The New York Times
EDITORIAL CARTOONING
Darrin Bell, freelancer
BREAKING NEWS PHOTOGRAPHY
Photography Staff of Reuters
FEATURE PHOTOGRAPHY
Lorenzo Tugnoli of The Washington Post
FICTION
“The Overstory” by Richard Powers (W.W. Norton)
DRAMA
“Fairview” by Jackie Sibblies Drury
HISTORY
“Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom” by David W. Blight (Simon & Schuster)
BIOGRAPHY
“The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke” by Jeffrey C. Stewart (Oxford University Press)
POETRY
“Be With” by Forrest Gander (New Directions)
GENERAL NONFICTION
“Amity and Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing of America” by Eliza Griswold (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
MUSIC
“p r i s m” by Ellen Reid, premiered by the Los Angeles Opera on Nov. 29, 2018.
Capital Gazette, Annapolis, Md.
Aretha Franklin