Mr. Trump’s lacing assaults on the press — the president has impugned newshounds by means of identify, railed towards retailers whose protection he dislikes and mused about making it more straightforward for newshounds to be sued — have been an uneasy backdrop to the awards, introduced every year by means of Columbia University to acknowledge excellence in journalism and letters.
“Winners uphold the highest purpose of a free and independent press — even in the most trying of times,” Dana Canedy, the awards’ administrator, stated at the get started of Monday’s announcement.
But in its possible choices for the public provider prize, the Pulitzer board additionally known the cultural surprise waves led to by means of the #MeToo motion, which has reshaped the trendy dialog round gender, harassment and equity.
The board cited revelations in The Times about the Fox News host Bill O’Reilly, whose historical past of settlements over harassment allegations had carried out little to have an effect on his occupation as the king of cable information. After articles by means of The Times’s Emily Steel and Michael S. Schmidt, Mr. O’Reilly was once ousted by means of Fox News closing 12 months.
The prize additionally known investigations into the movie rich person Harvey Weinstein, whose predations of girls — and intensive efforts to hide up his habits — have been uncovered in The Times by means of Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, and in The New Yorker by means of Ronan Farrow.
The protection of Mr. Weinstein, who has since misplaced his film empire, spark off a cascade of testimonials from girls about abuse in the place of job, whether or not at a Beverly Hills lodge or a Ford Motor plant in the Midwest. Famed personalities, together with the comic Louis C.Okay. and the chef Mario Batali, noticed their careers derailed after girls got here ahead with allegations of misconduct.
“By revealing secret settlements, persuading victims to speak and bringing powerful men to account, we spurred a worldwide reckoning about sexual abuse that only seems to be growing,” Dean Baquet, govt editor of The Times, advised loads of newshounds who had amassed in the paper’s Manhattan newsroom on Monday for the Pulitzer bulletins.
The Post gained the award for investigative reporting for its exposé of Roy S. Moore, the Republican Senate candidate in Alabama, whose bid for upper place of work was once upended after The Post exposed that he had groped and careworn a couple of girls, one as younger as 14. Besides unearthing the allegations towards Mr. Moore, The Post’s newshounds foiled an strive by means of the right-wing activist James O’Keefe to undermine their reporting by means of planting false data in the paper.
“Journalists need both a soul and a spine,” Martin Baron, the govt editor of The Post, stated on Monday. His newshounds “showed soul in their thorough dedication to our mission of getting at the truth,” he stated. “They showed spine by staying focused on their work in the face of denunciation, deceit and threats by politicians and their allies.”
Mr. Baron referred to as the Pulitzer-winning protection “a case study in why we need a free and independent press in this country.”
Presidential politics figured in the prizes for explanatory reporting, given to The Arizona Republic and the USA Today Network for scrutinizing the penalties of Mr. Trump’s pledge to construct a wall alongside the Mexican border; for observation, given to John Archibald of the Alabama Media Group in Birmingham for writings on Mr. Moore’s candidacy; and for grievance, awarded to the artwork critic for New York mag, Jerry Saltz.
[READ MORE: The winners in all Pulitzer categories.]
Mr. Saltz, an impish and catholic critic, regularly analyzes the crossroads of artwork and politics, in particular the cultural vectors of Mr. Trump’s America. His prize was once considered one of a number of most sensible awards that went to magazines, which became eligible for all Pulitzer classes simplest in 2016.
GQ gained this 12 months’s function writing prize for a searing profile by means of Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah of Dylann Roof, the white supremacist who killed 9 African-American churchgoers in Charleston, S.C., in 2015. Mr. Farrow’s reporting on Mr. Weinstein in The New Yorker printed, partly, the refined community of legal professionals and personal eyes that the manufacturer deployed to protect his habits from public view.
The Times won 3 awards in all, together with the prize for editorial cartooning — a primary for the paper — for a chain that chronicled a Syrian refugee circle of relatives’s access into the United States. The public provider prize was once the 6th time The Times has won the prestigious award in the greater than century-long historical past of the Pulitzers.
The personnel of The Cincinnati Enquirer gained the prize for native reporting for its protection of households ravaged by means of heroin habit. Reuters gained the world reporting prize for masking brutal killings ordered by means of President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines.
Photography prizes went to Reuters, for pictures of the violence in Myanmar, and to Ryan Kelly of The Daily Progress in Charlottesville, Va., who captured a picture of a automobile plowing into a gaggle of protesters at a rally that ended in a countrywide outcry over white supremacism.
[READ MORE: The Times’s winning articles.]
In the creative classes, the award for fiction went to “Less,” by means of Andrew Sean Greer, a globe-trotting chronicle of an getting old novelist confronting center age, occupation disappointments and travails in love.
“Cost of Living,” an Off Broadway play by means of Martyna Majok, gained the prize for drama. “I am shaking,” Ms. Majok, 33, a Polish immigrant who noticed her first theater display at 17 after profitable $45 from enjoying pool, stated in an interview. “I am overcome and overwhelmed. When I got the news, I didn’t believe it for a solid 10 minutes.”
The nonfiction prize went to “Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America,” a e-book by means of James Forman Jr. that traced the historical past of recent legal justice. A lifetime of the creator Laura Ingalls Wilder, “Prairie Fires,” by means of Caroline Fraser, was once named the prizewinner for biography.
An previous model of this newsletter misspelled the surname of the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction. He is James Forman Jr., no longer Foreman.