Times, New Yorker win Pulitzer for pub­lic ser­vice

The Republican Herald - - LOCAL - By JEN­NIFER PELTZ

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 move­ment and set off a world­wide reck­on­ing over sex­ual mis­con­duct in the work­place.

The Times and The Wash­ing­ton Post took the award in the na­tional re­port­ing cat­e­gory for their cov­er­age of Rus­sian med­dling in the 2016 U.S. pres­i­den­tial elec­tion and con­tacts be­tween Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s cam­paign and Rus­sian of­fi­cials.

The Press Demo­crat of Santa Rosa, Cal­i­for­nia, re­ceived the break­ing news re­port­ing award for cov­er­age of the wild­fires that swept through Cal­i­for­nia wine coun­try last fall, killing 44 peo­ple and de­stroy­ing thou­sands of homes.

The Wash­ing­ton Post also won the in­ves­tiga­tive re­port­ing prize for re­veal­ing decades-old al­le­ga­tions of sex­ual mis­con­duct against Sen­ate can­di­date Roy Moore of Alabama. The Repub­li­can for­mer judge de­nied the ac­cu­sa­tions, but they fig­ured heav­ily in Doug Jones’ vic­tory as the first Demo­crat elected to the Sen­ate from the state in decades.

One of the big­gest sur­prises of the day came in the non-jour­nal­ism cat­e­gories when rap star Ken­drick La­mar was awarded the Pulitzer for mu­sic, be­com­ing the first non-clas­si­cal or non­jazz artist to win the prize.

The Pulitzers, Amer­i­can jour­nal­ism’s most pres­ti­gious awards, re­flected a year of un­re­lent­ing news and un­prece­dented chal­lenges for U.S. me­dia, as Trump re­peat­edly branded re­port­ing “fake news” and called jour­nal­ists “the en­emy of the peo­ple.”

The New York Times won three Pulitzers and The Wash­ing­ton Post and Reuters re­ceived two apiece.

In an­nounc­ing the jour­nal­ism prizes, Pulitzer ad­min­is­tra­tor Dana Canedy said the win­ners “up­hold the high­est pur­pose of a free and in­de­pen­dent press, even in the most try­ing of times.”

“Their work is real news of the high­est or­der, ex­e­cuted nobly, as jour­nal­ism was al­ways in­tended, 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 in­ves­ti­ga­tion a “witch hunt.”


Be­gin­ning third from left, New York Times staff writ­ers Jodi Kan­tor and Me­gan Twohey, se­nior en­ter­prise edi­tor Re­becca Cor­bett and re­porter Cara Buck­ley cel­e­brate with col­leagues in the news­room on Mon­day in New York af­ter the team they led won the...

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