Tar­iffs push­ing up prices

Top jour­nal­ism prizes awarded for ed­i­to­ri­als and in-depth re­port­ing

The Arizona Republic - - Front Page - Mike Snider

Tar­iffs im­posed on some im­ports of alu­minum and steel are al­ready start­ing to squeeze sup­plies and in­crease prices at some busi­nesses in Ari­zona.

In ad­di­tion to “The Wall: Un­known Sto­ries, Un­in­tended Con­se­quences” project, the USA TO­DAY NET­WORK was hon­ored with two other Pulitzer Prizes on Mon­day: the Cincin­nati En­quirer for a project about the heroin epi­demic and The Des Moines Regis­tor for edi­to­rial writ­ing in health care.

Also among the win­ners of the 2018 prizes was cov­er­age by The New York Times and The New Yorker of sex­ual ha­rass­ment claims against di­rec­tor Har­vey We­in­stein that ac­cel­er­ated the #MeToo and #TimesUp move­ments.

The Cincin­nati En­quirer’s “Seven Days of Heroin: This Is What An Epi­demic Looks Like” won the prize for lo­cal re­port­ing. The project, led by edi­tors Amy Wil­son and Chrissie Thomp­son with lead writ­ers Terry DeMio and Dan Horn, in­volved 60 En­quirer staffers fan­ning out across the Cincin­nati re­gion over a week in July last year. Their re­sult­ing pack­age, which in­cluded pow­er­ful pho­tog­ra­phy and long-form video, doc­u­mented the grip the opi­oid epi­demic has on the area. The En­quirer, part of the USA TO­DAY NET­WORK, last won a Pulitzer in 1991 (Jim Borgman for edi­to­rial car­toon­ing).

Des Moines Reg­is­ter edi­to­rial writer Andie Do­minick was awarded the edi­to­rial writ­ing prize for a se­lec­tion of Iowafo­cused ed­i­to­ri­als re­lated to health care, from the gover­nor’s pri­va­ti­za­tion of Med­i­caid to state law­mak­ers’ ef­forts to im­pede fe­tal tis­sue re­search to how the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion’s han­dling of the Af­ford­able Care Act jeop­ar­dizes ac­cess to cov­er­age. The Reg­is­ter, also part of the USA TO­DAY NET­WORK, has now won 17 Pulitzers. The pre­vi­ous most re­cent win­ner was Mary Chind for pho­tog­ra­phy in 2010.

“We are so proud of the work of the USA TO­DAY NET­WORK’s jour­nal­ists and hon­ored by the Pulitzer Board’s recog­ni­tion of their in­cred­i­ble feats of jour­nal­ism in 2017,” said Mari­bel Perez Wadsworth, pres­i­dent of the USA TO­DAY NET­WORK and publisher of USA TO­DAY. “To have five Net­work teams be rec­og­nized by the Pulitzer Prize board is a reflection of the am­bi­tion, im­pact and ex­cel­lence of our jour­nal­ism. Most im­por­tantly, the work cited brought il­lu­mi­na­tion to com­plex and trou­bling is­sues, helped to right wrongs, hu­man­ized some of the great­est chal­lenges faced by our na­tion and served as a cat­a­lyst for vital di­a­logue.”

Other USA TO­DAY NET­WORK nom­i­nees: “Rigged,” a year­long in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the mis­treat­ment of truck­ers based out of two ma­jor Cal­i­for­nia ports, led by Naples (Florida) Daily News re­porter Brett Mur­phy; Detroit Free Press edi­to­rial car­toon­ist Mike Thomp­son for his se­ries of car­toons about the Flint wa­ter cri­sis; and the Des Moines Reg­is­ter’s Clark Kauff­man for a se­ries of force­ful ed­i­to­ri­als that sought to hold Rep. Steve King, Iowa’s most se­nior mem­ber of the U.S. House, and Trump and their po­lit­i­cal ac­com­plices ac­count­able for ir­re­spon­si­ble as­ser­tions and ac­tions.

USA TO­DAY NET­WORK, in its sec­ond full year of oper­a­tion, was a fi­nal­ist last year for “Dis­honor Roll,” a se­ries on abu­sive teach­ers, led by Steve Reilly. It was the first time USA TO­DAY was rec­og­nized as a Pulitzer fi­nal­ist in the in­ves­tiga­tive re­port­ing cat­e­gory.

Shar­ing the pub­lic ser­vice award were The New York Times and The New Yorker, whose in­ves­ti­ga­tions, pub­lished sep­a­rately in Oc­to­ber, chron­i­cled sex­ual ha­rass­ment claims against We­in­stein.

New York Times re­porters Jodi Kan­tor and Me­gan Twohey de­tailed nearly three decades of re­ports of women ac­cus­ing We­in­stein of sex­ual ha­rass­ment and nu­mer­ous set­tle­ments. The New Yorker’s Ro­nan Far­row spent 10 months in­ves­ti­gat­ing al­le­ga­tions of as­sault and sex­ual ha­rass­ment by We­in­stein. The report in­cluded in­ter­views with 13 women who said We­in­stein sex­u­ally ha­rassed or as­saulted them be­tween the 1990s and 2015.

Among the other win­ners in the 14 jour­nal­ism cat­e­gories:

❚ Break­ing News Re­port­ing: The Press-Demo­crat of Santa Rosa, Cal­i­for­nia, for cov­er­age of wild­fires that hit the city and Sonoma County. ❚ In­ves­tiga­tive Re­port­ing: The staff of The Wash­ing­ton Post for its re­port­ing on the past of U.S. Se­nate can­di­date Roy Moore of Alabama. ❚ Na­tional re­port­ing: The staffs of The New York Times and The Wash­ing­ton Post for cov­er­age of Rus­sian in­ter­fer­ence in the 2016 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion and con­nec­tions to the Trump cam­paign.


Cincin­nati En­quirer re­porter Am­ber Hunt and other jour­nal­ists cel­e­brate Mon­day as they learn of win­ning the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Lo­cal Re­port­ing.

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