Washington Post Monday won the Pulitzer Prize in Public Service Journalism for its coverage of the January 6 uprising at the US Capitol, an attack on democracy that marked the start of a tumultuous year that also saw the end of the United States’ longest war. had gone. Afghanistan.
Post The extensive reporting, published in a sophisticated interactive series, found several problems and failures in the political system and security before, during and after the January 6, 2021 riots in the newspaper’s own backyard.
Announcing the award, the awards’ administrator Marjorie Miller said the “compellingly told and vividly presented account” gave the public “a thorough understanding of one of the nation’s darkest days.”
Five Getty Images photographers were awarded one of two awards in breaking news photography for their coverage of the riots.
The second prize in breaking news photography was given to Los Angeles Times correspondent and photographer Marcus Yam for his work relating to the fall of Kabul.
America’s withdrawal and resurgence from the Taliban’s grip on Afghanistan spread to a variety of categories, including the new York Times Winning in the international reporting category for reporting challenging official accounts of civilian casualties from US airstrikes in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.
The Pulitzer Prize, administered by Columbia University and considered one of the most prestigious in American journalism, recognizes work in 15 journalism categories and seven art categories. This year’s awards, which were livestreamed, honored work produced in 2021. The winner of the Public Service Award receives a gold medal, while the winners of each of the other categories receive $15,000.
The intersection of health, safety and infrastructure played a major role in the winning projects.
Tampa Bay Times Won the Investigative Reporting Award for “Poison”, its in-depth look at a polluting lead factory. Miami Herald Won the Breaking News Award for his work covering the fatal surfside condo tower collapse, while The Better Government Association and The Better Government Association Chicago Tribune Won the Local Reporting Award for “Deadly Fires, Broken Promise”, the watchdog and newspaper’s examination of the lack of enforcement of fire safety standards.
“As a newsroom, we pour our hearts out into the breaking news and ongoing daily coverage, and subsequent investigative coverage of the story of the collapse of the Champlain Towers South condominium,” Miami Heraldexecutive editor of Monica Richardson wrote in a statement. “This was our story to tell because the people and families of Surfside who were affected by this unimaginable tragedy are part of our community.”
Elsewhere in Florida, Tampa Bay Times Editor and Vice President Mark Caches echoed that sentiment, calling his newspaper’s victory “a testament to the importance of a vital local newsroom like the Times”.
Awarded for Explanatory Reporting quanta magazineFor a longer piece about the James Webb Space Telescope, a $10 billion engineering effort to gain a better understanding of the origins of the universe, with the board highlighting the work of Natalie Wolchower.
the new York Times It also won in the National Reporting category, for a project looking at police traffic stops that ended in death, and Salamis Tillett, a critic who contributed to the Times, won the Criticism Award.
A story that uses graphics in comic form tells the story of Zumrat Dout, a Uighur woman who said she was persecuted and detained by the Chinese government as part of systemic abuses against her community, Fahmida Azim. The Illustrated Reporting and Commentary Awards brought to you, Anthony Dale Col., Josh Adams and Insider’s Walt Hickey.
jennifer senior the Atlantic Won the award for feature writing for a piece marking the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks through the grief of a family.
Melinda Heineberger Kansas City Star Won for commentary, for a column about a retired police detective accused of sexual abuse and who said he was called for justice.
Editorial Writing Prize went to Lisa Falkenberg, Michael Lindenberger, Joe Holly and Luis Carrasco Houston ChronicleFor a piece that called for voting reforms and exposed tactics of voter suppression.
Futuro Media and PRX employees took home the audio reporting award for their profile of a man who had been in prison for 30 years and re-entered the outside world.
The Feature Photography award was given to Adnan Abidi, Sana Irshad Mattoo, Amit Dave and Danish Siddiqui of Reuters for their photographs of the COVID-19 toll in India. Siddiqui, 38, who won the 2018 Pulitzer in the same category, was killed in July in Afghanistan documenting fighting between Afghan forces and the Taliban.
The Pulitzer Prize also awarded a special citation to Ukrainian journalists, acknowledging their “courage, endurance and commitment” in covering the Russian offensive that began earlier this year. Last August, the Pulitzer Board awarded a special citation to Afghan journalists who risked their own safety to help produce news and pictures from their war-torn country.