The highly anticipated list of winners of this year’s Pulitzer Prizes have been announced, with The New York Times and The New Yorker winning the joint prize for public service, due to their in-depth investigations into the Harvey Weinstein sexual-assault scandal.
Perhaps the most coveted for American writers, this year’s prize also made a historic first by awarding rapper Kendrick Lamar – the first non-classical or jazz artist to win in the music category – the prize for music for his 2017 album, DAMN.
The Weinstein sexual-assault saga, which saw the rise of the #MeToo movement, was first uncovered through reporting “led by Jodi Kantor, Megan Twohey, Emily Steel and Michael S. Schmidt; and The New Yorker, for reporting by Ronan Farrow”, The New York Times reports.
Game-changing efforts from The New Yorker and The New York Times were lauded as “explosive, impactful journalism that exposed wealthy and powerful sexual predators”, Pulitzer administrator Dana Canedy said. Earlier last month, The Guardian reported that the New York Police Department were “ready to go with an arrest” of Weinstein, but were waiting for the go-ahead from Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus Vance Jr.
The number of journalism prizes given to local newspapers like The Cincinnati Enquirer, which won the local reporting award, have also become a cause for celebration amid local-newspaper closures across the country
Other winners of the prize include staff of The Press Democrat, who took home the prize for breaking news reporting in light of their coverage on wildfires in California in October 2017. Reuters photography staff won the prize for feature photography – which included extensive documents of the Rohingya refugee crisis – while Andrew Sean Greer was give the fiction prize for his novel, Less, one of few comic novels to win the award.
Kendrick Lamar’s prize, in particular, received a number of positive responses from the general public, as well as celebrities, with actor and activist Scott Turner Schofield saying: “This is one of the best announcements I’ve ever read. For so many reasons”.
The number of journalism prizes given to local newspapers like The Cincinnati Enquirer, which won the local reporting award, have also become a cause for celebration amid local-newspaper closures across the country.
This year is the 102nd year of the Pulitzer Prizes, which first began in 1917. The full list of award winners can be found on the Pulitzer Prizes website.