Journalism’s most prestigious honors were announced today at Columbia University, where the Pulitzer Prizes were awarded.
Dana Canedy, the Pulitzer administrator, complimented the work of this year’s Pulitzer Prize winners, saying they are doing the work the founding fathers intended—protecting freedom of speech.
“Their work is real news of the highest order, executed nobly as journalism was always intended, without fear or favor,” said Canedy, who made news herself this year as the first woman and first African American to serve as a Pulitzer administrator.
Among the winners were The New York Times and The New Yorker for their work exposing allegations of sexual abuse against Harvey Weinstein as well as The Washington Post for its coverage of former Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore.
What got a big reaction out of the crowd gathered at Columbia University was when Kendrick Lamar was announced as a recipient. A small gasp of surprise rumbled throughout the room and as the presentation closed, Lamar’s song, Loyalty, played through the speakers as some bopped to the music.
Here’s the full list of winners:
Public Service: The New York Times and The New Yorker
Breaking News Reporting: Staff of The Press Democrat, Santa Rosa, Calif.
Investigative Reporting: Staff of The Washington Post
Explanatory Reporting: Staffs of The Arizona Republic and USA Today Network
Local Reporting: Staff of The Cincinnati Enquirer
National Reporting: Staffs of The New York Times and The Washington Post
International Reporting: Clare Baldwin, Andrew R.C. Marshall and Manuel Mogato of Reuters
Feature Writing: Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah, freelance reporter, GQ
Commentary: John Archibald of Alabama Media Group, Birmingham, Ala.
Criticism: Jerry Saltz of New York magazine
Editorial Writing: Andie Dominick of The Des Moines Register
Editorial Cartooning: Jake Halpern, freelance writer, and Michael Sloan, freelance cartoonist, The New York Times
Breaking News Photography: Ryan Kelly of The Daily Progress, Charlottesville, Va.
Feature Photography: Photography Staff of Reuters
Letters, Drama and Music
Fiction: Less by Andrew Sean Greer (Lee Boudreaux Books/ Little, Brown and Company)
Drama: Cost of Living by Martyna Majok
History: The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea by Jack E. Davis (Liveright/W.W. Norton)
Biography: Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser (Metropolitan Books)
Poetry: Half-light: Collected Poems 1965-2016 by Frank Bidart (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
General Nonfiction: Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America by James Forman Jr. (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
Music: Damn. by Kendrick Lamar, recording released on April 14, 2017