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Washington Post, NYT win Pulitzers for probes of powerful people

21 April 2017

Campaign reporting that exposed misleading claims by now US President Donald Trump about charitable giving and commentary about last year's divisive US presidential campaign won Pulitzer Prizes on Monday.

NEW YORK (AP) — The biggest US news story of 2016 — the tumultuous presidential campaign — yielded a Pulitzer Prize on Monday for the Washington Post reporter who not only raised doubts about Donald Trump's charitable giving but also revealed that the candidate had been recorded crudely bragging about grabbing women.

The Pulitzers are the most prestigious honors in American journalism and have been awarded every year since 1917.

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.

Other Pulitzer winners included an worldwide consortium of more than 300 reporters on six continents that exposed the so-called Panama Papers detailing the hidden infrastructure and global scale of offshore tax havens used by wealthy and powerful elites around the world.

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Published on Page 2 of Monday's print edition of The Times, it read: "How does it feel to get a Pulitzer Prize?".

Also nominated as finalists: "In a Different Key: The Story of Autism", by John Donvan and Caren Zucker; and "The Politics of Mourning: Death and Honor in Arlington National Cemetery", by Micki McElya.

Pulitzer Prize Administrator Mike Pride announced this year's crop of winners and the list is full of Black excellence.

The same newspaper's C J Chivers won the feature writing award for his piece detailing a USA marine's post-war descent into violence.

L-R, East Bay Times reporters Matthias Gafni, Thomas Peele, Harry Harris, Erin Baldassari and David Debolt react as they learn of their Pulitzer Prize win for breaking news at their office in downtown Oakland, California, April 10, 2017.

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Also nominated as finalists: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution staff for a series revealing the prevalence of sexual misconduct by doctors; and Renee Dudley, Steve Stecklow, Alexandra Harney and other members of the Reuters staff for uncovering a USA college admissions process corrupted by systematic cheating on standardized tests in Asia.

The Storm Lake Times of Iowa and writer Art Cullen won for a series of editorials that challenged powerful agricultural interests in the state.

"The Return: Fathers, Sons, and the Land in Between" by Hisham Matar has won the Pulitzer Prize for autobiography.

Seven awards recognize fiction, drama, history, biographies, poetry, general nonfiction, and music.

Her stories also were finalists for the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting, the Investigative Reporters and Editors Awards and the American Society of News Editors Award. "Ask The Times's recently announced 2017 winners yourself - they'll be taking questions live today at 4:30 p.m. E.T".

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Washington Post, NYT win Pulitzers for probes of powerful people