NY Times, Wall Street Journal win Pulitzers for Trump probes

Elias Hubbard
April 16, 2019

The committee also gave a special citation to the staff of the Capital Gazette, a paper in Annapolis, Md. that was the subject of a deadly attack in June that resulted in the murder of five employees.

The Pulitzer Prize board awarded the Capital Gazette a special citation Monday for their response to the shooting.

As a result of the work by reporter Maggie Michael, photographer Nariman El-Mofty and video journalist Maad al-Zikry, at least 80 prisoners were released from secret detention sites, and the United Nations rushed food and medicine to areas where the AP revealed that people were starving while corrupt officials diverted global food aid.

The Journal revealed previous year that then-candidate Trump's personal lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen had paid $130,000 in the run-up to his 2016 election to silence porn star Stormy Daniels, who said she had an affair with Trump. Trump has denied having affairs with either woman.

Reporting into President Donald Trump also received Pulitzers.

In the aftermath of the series, the university's president resigned, and more than 650 women have sued USC, alleging the school failed to protect them from sexual abuse. Tyndall has denied the allegations.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist Tony Messenger won a Pulitzer for his series of columns about debtors' prisons in Missouri.

The newspaper also won a Pulitzer Prize, U.S. journalism's highest honor, in 2015 for photographic coverage of the unrest in Ferguson after Michael Brown's death.

Aretha Franklin performs at the world premiere of "Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives" during the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival.

The winners of the 2019 Pulitzer Prizes were announced today, and those honored included reporters covering mass shootings and investigating the president.

When Ms Owens heard the news that Franklin won a Pulitzer, she and the family were "surprised but in another way we were not because that's just the kind of person Aretha was".

Blight was honored in the history category for his new biography on Frederick Douglass, the escaped slave who became a prominent activist, author, and public speaker.

Novelist Richard Powers won the Pulitzer for fiction for "The Overstory", a panoramic look at nine Americans whose lives become entwined due to their experiences with trees, and David W. Blight picked up the prize in history for his acclaimed biography "Frederick Douglas".

The poetry prize was won by Forrest Gander for "Be With".

From the arts world, other recipients include Duke Ellington, Bob Dylan, John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, George Gershwin, Ray Bradbury, William Schuman, Milton Babbitt, Scott Joplin, Roger Sessions, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II.

The award for global reporting went to a team of Associated Press journalists for their work documenting torture, graft and starvation in Yemen's brutal civil war.

Reporter Maggie Michael, photographer Nariman El-Mofty and videographer Maad al-Zikry spent a year uncovering atrocities and suffering in Yemen.

Reuters was honored for worldwide reporting for its coverage of atrocities committed against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.

Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were singled out for their contributions to the latter reporting.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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