Coverage of the war in Ukraine dominated the Pulitzer Prizes on Monday, with The Associated Press winning two awards for its reporting and photography, including the prestigious public service prize, and The New York Times winning for a mix of news and investigative articles about the conflict.
The Times also won for illustrated reporting and commentary, for a piece by Mona Chalabi in The Times Magazine examining the wealth of Amazon’s founder, Jeff Bezos.
The A.P.’s journalists were the last from an international news organization to remain in the Ukrainian town of Mariupol after it came under fire from Russian troops. They documented its fall before escaping. In addition to the public service award, considered the top prize, the news organization also won the breaking news photography award for its coverage.
The Times was awarded the international reporting prize for coverage that included daily reporting on the war as well as an eight-month investigation into the deaths of Ukrainians trying to flee from the town of Bucha that identified the Russian military unit responsible.
An Alabama news website, AL.com, received two Pulitzer Prizes. The organization was awarded the local news reporting prize for a series by John Archibald, Ashley Remkus, Ramsey Archibald and Challen Stephens that revealed how the police force in a town, Brookside, inflated its revenue by aggressively increasing traffic citations and vehicle seizures.
AL.com also won the commentary prize for columns by Kyle Whitmire, a political columnist whose examination of Alabama’s Confederate history shows how it “still colors the present with racism and exclusion, told through tours of its first capital, its mansions and monuments — and through the history that has been omitted,” the Pulitzer board said in its citation.
Another prize for local reporting was awarded to Anna Wolfe of Mississippi Today, for an investigation into a $77 million welfare scandal that revealed how former Mississippi governor, Phil Bryant, had steered funds to benefit family and friends, including the former N.F.L. quarterback Brett Favre.
The Los Angeles Times won the breaking news reporting prize for its coverage of a leaked audio recording of a secret conversation between Los Angeles City Council members in which the officials mocked people in racist terms and disparaged other council members. The uproar prompted the resignations of two of the leaders involved: Nury Martinez, the City Council president, and Ron Herrera, the president of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor.
The Los Angeles Times also won in the feature photography category. The photojournalist Christina House was awarded the prize for her images of a pregnant 22-year-old woman living in a tent on the streets of Hollywood and trying to navigate her situation.
The national reporting award went to Caroline Kitchener of The Washington Post for coverage of the unfolding consequences of the overturning of Roe v. Wade, including the story of a Texas teenager who discovered she was pregnant with twins 48 hours before the state’s abortion ban went into effect.
The Washington Post also received the feature reporting prize, for work by Eli Saslow that portrayed the struggles of people across America, including those confronting homelessness and addiction or adapting to life after the pandemic. Mr. Saslow, a previous Pulitzer winner, has been a finalist for the feature writing category three times. He joined The New York Times as a writer at large in February.
A book by two Washington Post reporters was awarded the general nonfiction prize. “His Name Is George Floyd: One Man’s Life and the Struggle for Racial Justice,” by Robert Samuels and Toluse Olorunnipa, explores the life of Mr. Floyd, whose death at the hands of Minneapolis police officers in 2020 ignited mass protests. Mr. Samuels left The Post this year and joined The New Yorker in March.
The investigative reporting prize was awarded to the staff of The Wall Street Journal for a series examining the financial investments of senior federal officials. The reporting team analyzed financial disclosures for about 12,000 officials, finding that thousands of them traded stock in companies that lobbied their agencies while more than 60 officials had disclosed trading stocks in companies shortly before regulatory actions were announced.
Caitlin Dickerson of The Atlantic was given the prize for explanatory reporting for her sprawling 30,000-word investigation into the Trump administration’s family separation policy. Ms. Dickerson spent 18 months on the project, which revealed that U.S. officials had misled Congress and the public and often worked to keep migrant families apart longer.
The prize for criticism went to Andrea Long Chu, a critic at New York Magazine, for book reviews that examined both the works and their authors through multiple cultural lenses.
Nancy Ancrum, Amy Driscoll, Luisa Yanez, Isadora Rangel and Lauren Costantino of the Miami Herald were awarded the prize for editorial writing for the “Broken Promises” series that showed how Florida leaders had failed to deliver on vows to improve communities.
The audio reporting prize was awarded to the staff of Gimlet Media, notably Connie Walker, for the podcast “Stolen: Surviving St. Michael’s.” Ms. Walker investigated her late father’s life and his experience and that of hundreds of other Indigenous children in Canada’s residential school system.
Two books were awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction: “Demon Copperhead,” by Barbara Kingsolver, and “Trust,” by Hernan Diaz. “Freedom’s Dominion: A Saga of White Resistance to Federal Power,” by Jefferson Cowie, received the award for history, and “G-Man: J. Edgar Hoover and the Making of the American Century,” by Beverly Gage, received the biography prize.
“Stay True,” by Hua Hsu, was awarded the prize for memoir, and “Then the War: And Selected Poems, 2007-2020,” by Carl Phillips, won for poetry.
“English,” a play by Sanaz Toossi, won the Drama prize. It follows four students learning English as a second language in Iran, each with a different reason for enrolling in the class.
The Pulitzer Prize in Music was awarded to “Omar,” an opera by Rhiannon Giddens and Michael Abels. The work premiered on May 27, 2022, at the Spoleto Festival USA. It is based on an autobiography of Omar Ibn Said, a Muslim man captured in Africa and sold into slavery in Charleston, S.C., in the early 1800s.
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