Monday, April 16, 2018|3:21 p.m.
NEW YORK– The New York Times and The New Yorker won the Pulitzer Prize for public service Monday for breaking the Harvey Weinstein scandal with reporting that galvanized the #MeToo motion and set off a worldwide reckoning over sexual misconduct in the office.
The Times and The Washington Post took the award in the national reporting classification for their protection of Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and contacts between President Donald Trump’s project and Russian officials.
Journalism Democrat of Santa Rosa, California, received the breaking news reporting award for protection of the wildfires that swept through California wine country last fall, killing 44 people and ruining countless houses.
The Washington Post also won the investigative reporting reward for exposing decades-old claims of sexual misconduct against Senate candidate Roy Moore of Alabama. The Republican politician former judge rejected the accusations, however they figured heavily in Doug Jones’ victory as the first Democrat elected to the Senate from the state in decades.
One of the most significant surprises of the day came in the non-journalism categories when rap star Kendrick Lamar was awarded the Pulitzer for music, ending up being the first non-classical or non-jazz artist to win the reward.
The Pulitzers, American journalism’s most prestigious awards, reflected a year of unrelenting news and unmatched challenges for U.S. media, as Trump consistently branded reporting “phony news” and called reporters “the opponent of individuals.”
The New York Times won 3 Pulitzers and The Washington and Reuters got 2 apiece.
In announcing the journalism rewards, Pulitzer administrator Dana Canedy stated the winners “support the highest purpose of a complimentary and independent press, even in the most trying of times.”
” Their work is genuine news of the highest order, performed nobly, as journalism was constantly meant, without fear or favor,” she said.
A string of stories in The Times and The Washington Post shined a light on Russian interference in the presidential election and its possible connections to the Trump campaign and transition– ties now under investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller. The president has called the examination a “witch hunt.”
The Pulitzer judges commended the two newspapers for “deeply sourced, non-stop reported protection in the public interest.”
In stories that appeared within days of each other in October, The Times and The New Yorker reported that film mogul Weinstein faced accusations of unwanted sexual advances and attack from a wide variety of women in Hollywood and had actually privately paid settlements to keep the claims from ending up being public.
The Pulitzer judges said The Times’ Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey and The New Yorker’s Ronan Farrow produced “explosive, impactful journalism that exposed powerful and rich sexual predators” and forced the problem of sexual assault into the open.
” Individuals have been saying for decades that this kind of habits is endemic in society,” New Yorker editor David Remnick stated Monday, adding that he hoped the stories would “help not just bring it to light but alter the culture.”
Weinstein was ousted from the studio he co-founded and now deals with criminal examinations in New York and Los Angeles. He has actually excused “the method I have actually acted with colleagues in the past” but denied any non-consensual sexual contact.
The stories’ impact spread beyond Weinstein to accusations against other effective males in entertainment, politics and other fields, falling such figures as “Today” program host Matt Lauer, actor Kevin Spacey, newsman Charlie Rose and Sen. Al Franken. Males and female, popular or not, have discussed their own experiences with sexual harassment and assault in exactly what has ended up being referred to as the #MeToo motion.
” This moment gets called a numeration, however we just started informing the truth about old abuses of power,” Farrow tweeted Monday.
Weinstein spokesperson Holly Baird decreased to discuss the Pulitzer other than to recommend comparable recognition ought to be provided to Tarana Burke, an activist who founded the #MeToo movement on Twitter about a decade back to raise awareness of sexual violence.
In other categories, the Arizona Republic and USA Today Network won the explanatory reporting reward for a multi-format take a look at the obstacles and consequences of developing the Mexican border wall that was a focal point of Trump’s campaign. The project consisted of video footage from a helicopter flight along the whole 2,000-mile border.
The regional reporting award went to The Cincinnati Enquirer for exactly what the judges called “a riveting and insightful” narrative and video about the heroin epidemic in the location. More than 4 lots reporters and photographers dove into the drug’s toll over one week.
Clare Baldwin, Andrew R.C. Marshall and Manuel Mogato of Reuters won the worldwide reporting award for their protection of Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte’s lethal crackdown on drugs, and the news company’s photographers received the function photography reward for their images of the plight of Rohingya refugees who have actually fled Myanmar.
The breaking news photography award went to Ryan Kelly of The Daily Development of Charlottesville, Virginia, who recorded the minute a cars and truck raked into counter-protesters showing versus a white nationalist rally in the college town. The automobile eliminated counter-demonstrator Heather Heyer.
Kelly made the photo on his last day at the newspaper prior to moving on to a task at a brewery. In a text Monday, Kelly explained the prize as an “incredible honor” however included: “Primarily I’m still sad for Heather Heyer’s family and everybody else who was impacted by that terrible violence.”
Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah, a freelance author for GQ magazine, took the function composing award for a profile of Dylann Roofing, the avowed white supremacist founded guilty of eliminating 9 black churchgoers in Charleston, South Carolina.
The commentary award went to John Archibald of Alabama Media Group in Birmingham, Alabama, for pieces on politics, ladies’s rights and other subjects. Art critic Jerry Saltz of New York magazine won the criticism award.
Andie Dominick of The Des Moines Register received the editorial composing prize for pieces about the repercussions of privatizing Iowa’s administration of Medicaid.
Freelance author Jake Halpern and self-employed cartoonist Michael Sloan were awarded the editorial cartooning prize for a graphic story in The New York Times about a family of refugees fearing deportation.
The Pulitzers were announced at Columbia University, which administers the prizes. This is the 102nd year of the contest, developed by paper publisher Joseph Pulitzer.
Winners of the public service award get a gold medal; the other awards carry a prize of $15,000 each.
Associated Press authors Justin Lynch and Colleen Long in New York City and Ben Finley in Norfolk, Virginia, contributed to this report.