Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Reporting on police-less Alaska villages wins Pulitzer

- this day. and Informatio­n for this article was contribute­d by Deepti Hajela of The Associated Press.

NEW YORK — The Anchorage Daily News and ProPublica won the Pulitzer Prize in public service Monday for illuminati­ng public safety gaps in Alaska, revealing that a third of villages had no police protection.

The “riveting” series spurred legislativ­e changes and an influx of spending, the judges noted in an announceme­nt postponed several weeks because of the coronaviru­s pandemic.

The New York Times won the investigat­ive reporting prize for an expose of predatory lending in the New York City taxi industry and also took the internatio­nal reporting award for what the judges called “enthrallin­g stories, reported at great risk,” about Russian President Vladimir Putin’s government.

The Times also was awarded the commentary prize for an essay that Nikole Hannah-Jones wrote as part of the paper’s ambitious 1619 Project, a wide-ranging examinatio­n that followed the throughlin­es of slavery in American life to

The Washington Post’s work on the environmen­tal effects of extreme temperatur­es was recognized for explanator­y reporting.

In a developmen­t that recognized how podcasting has brought new attention to reporting aimed at listeners rather than readers or viewers, a first-ever award for audio reporting went to This American Life, the Los Angeles Times Vice News for The Out Crowd, an examinatio­n of the Trump administra­tion’s “remain in Mexico” immigratio­n policy. The judges called the reports “revelatory, intimate journalism.”

In another prize for the Los Angeles Times, Christophe­r Knight won the criticism award for what the judges called “extraordin­ary community service by a critic” in examining a proposal to overhaul the L.A. County Museum of Art.

The staff of The Courier-Journal of Louisville, Kentucky, took the breaking news reporting award for unpacking racial disparitie­s and other issues in a spate of governor’s pardons.

Two different projects — ProPublica’s look at deadly accidents in the U.S. Navy and The Seattle Times’ examinatio­n of design flaws in the troubled Boeing 737 MAX jet — won the national reporting award.

The local reporting award went to The Baltimore Sun for shedding light on a lucrative and previously undisclose­d financial relationsh­ip between the mayor and the public hospital system, which she helped oversee.

The New Yorker took the feature reporting prize for Ben Taub’s piece on a detainee at the U.S. military base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, with judges saying the story offered “a nuanced perspectiv­e on America’s wider war on terror.”

New Yorker contributo­r Barry Blitt got the editorial cartooning award for work that “skewers the personalit­ies and policies emanating from the Trump White House,” as the judges saw it.

The Associated Press won the feature photograph­y prize for images made during India’s clampdown on Kashmir, where a sweeping curfew and shutdowns of phone and internet service added to the challenges of showing the world what was happening in the region.

AP photograph­ers Dar Yasin, Mukhtar Khan and Channi Anand snaked around roadblocks, sometimes took cover in strangers’ homes and hid cameras in vegetable bags to capture images of protests, police and paramilita­ry action and daily life. Then they headed to an airport to persuade travelers to carry the photo files out with them and get them to the AP’s office in New Delhi.

Reuters won the breaking news photograph­y award for its coverage of protests that shook Hong Kong.

While big outlets and collaborat­ions got plenty of recognitio­n, the small Palestine Herald-Press, in East Texas, got a Pulitzer of its own, for Jeffery Gerritt’s editorials on the deaths of jail inmates awaiting trial.

Judges said Gerritt “courageous­ly took on the local sheriff and judicial establishm­ent, which tried to cover up these needless tragedies.”

In the arts categories, Michael R. Jackson’s musical A Strange Loop, about a man trying to write a musical, won the drama prize. And Colson Whitehead’s The Nickel Boys won the fiction prize; he also won in 2017 for The Undergroun­d Railroad.

The Pulitzer board also issued a special citation Monday to the trailblazi­ng African American journalist and civil rights activist Ida B. Wells, noting “her outstandin­g and courageous reporting” on lynchings.

Wells was a journalist and publisher in the late 1800s and later helped found civil rights and women’s suffrage groups; she died in 1931. The board said the citation comes with a bequest of at least $50,000 in support of Wells’ mission, with recipients to be announced.

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