Sun Sentinel Wins Public Service Pulitzer for Parkland Shooting Coverage
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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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
This is a developing story and will be updated. The full list of winners is below:
South Florida Sun Sentinel
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Staff of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Matt Hamilton, Harriet Ryan and Paul Pringle of the Los Angeles Times
David Barstow, Susanne Craig and Russ Buettner of The New York Times
Staff of The Advocate, Baton Rouge, La.
Staff of The Wall Street Journal
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
Hannah Dreier of ProPublica
Tony Messenger of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Carlos Lozada of The Washington Post
Brent Staples of The New York Times
Darrin Bell, freelancer
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Photography Staff of Reuters
Lorenzo Tugnoli of The Washington Post
“The Overstory” by Richard Powers (W.W. Norton)
“Fairview” by Jackie Sibblies Drury
“Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom” by David W. Blight (Simon & Schuster)
“The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke” by Jeffrey C. Stewart (Oxford University Press)
“Be With” by Forrest Gander (New Directions)
“Amity and Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing of America” by Eliza Griswold (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
“p r i s m” by Ellen Reid, premiered by the Los Angeles Opera on Nov. 29, 2018.