Social Justice-Oriented Journalism and Literature Win Pulitzer Prizes

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By the Web Editors 4-10-2017
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On April 10, Columbia University presented 21 Pulitzer Prizes for achievements in journalism, literature, and music. Notables from the list of justice-oriented works that received a Pulitzer Prize include:

  • New York Daily News and ProPublica receiving the Public Service award for reporting on evictions of mostly poor minorities carried out by police abusing the law.
  • The Salt Lake Tribune receiving the Local Reporting award for reporting on sexual assault at Brigham Young University, of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
  • David A. Fahrenthold, of the Washington Post, receiving the National Reporting award for reporting the truth behind Donald Trump’s claims of charitable activities.
  • The New York Times receiving the International Reporting award for reporting on Russian president Vladmir Putin’s dishonest and murderous attempts to gain international power.
  • Daniel Berehulak, freelance photographer, receiving the Breaking News Photography award for reporting on the Philippines’ government’s deadly targeting of drug dealers and drug users.
  • E. Jason Wambsgans, of the Chicago Tribune, receiving the Feature Photography award for reporting on the recovery of a 10-year-old boy shot in Chicago.
  • Colson Whitehead receiving the Fiction award for his novel The Underground Railroad, an allegorical yet realist tale of American slavery.
  • Lynn Nottage receiving the Drama award for her play Sweat, currently showing on Broadway, about the challenges of contemporary, working class Americans.
  • Matthew Desmond receiving the General Nonfiction award for his book Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City about evictions in America after the Great Recession.

Read the full list of winners and finalists — and their work — here.

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