That said, “the clearest Pulitzer journalism front-runner, based on stories that won other, earlier press contests, appeared to be in the International Reporting category, where the Associated Press had been celebrated for its “Seafood from Slaves” series, about the use of slave labor in Thai fishing operations”, he said.
Reporters from the New York Times, The New Yorker and The Boston Globe were granted with reporting, writing and criticism awards.
Tampa Bay Times and the Sarasota Herald-Tribune won an award for collaborative efforts on Investigative Reporting shedding light on escalating violence and neglect in Florida mental hospitals and laid the blame at the door of state officials.
In the awards for letters, drama and music, the musical “Hamilton” by Lin-Manuel Miranda won for best drama.
The Boston Globe, the Tampa Bay Times and the New Yorker magazine also won two awards each this year.
Composer Henry Threadgill was also handed the Pulitzer Prize for Music for his album In for a ‘Penny, In for a Pound‘.
Alissa Rubin of the New York Times won the global reporting prize for her coverage of Afghan women.
ProPublica’s T. Christian Miller and The Marshall Project’s Ken Armstrong took home the Pulitzer for explanatory reporting for an expose on a serial rapist and one of his victims. The stories also detailed the use of slave labor in processing shrimp.
“Hamilton“, the Broadway smash that’s looked like an awards-season favorite from the moment it opened, was awarded the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
Gartner, who served as editor in chief of North by Northwestern, reported with Tampa Bay Times reporters Michael LaForgia and Cara Fitzpatrick about five “failure factories“, struggling public elementary schools in Florida’s Pinellas County. There must be a mountain of bones under the sea..
The stories, photos and video led to freedom for thousands of fishermen and other laborers, numerous arrests and seizures of millions of dollars in goods.
Breaking new, public service topics, and investigatory and general reporting are the usual domains receiving Pulitzers. The work began after Michael Brown was shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo, and protesters there complained the incidents of black men being shot and killed by police officers happened more often than anyone knew. Winners in 21 of the categories receive $10,000.