This year’s Pulitzer Prize winners were announced at 3 p.m. ET over a livestream, with prize administrator Mike Pride revealing that The Washington Post took home one of journalism’s most coveted awards.
The Post received the prize for national reporting for its reporting and analysis of every person killed in a shooting by a police officer in 2015.
In a statement following the award announcement, executive editor Martin Baron praised the collaborative nature of the project, as well as its real-world effect on FBI practices:
Deploying people in every corner of the newsroom, The Post delivered on a core journalistic mission–telling the public what it needs to know. And its work had immediate impact: The FBI said it would overhaul how it tracks fatal police encounters, promising to make it “the highest priority.” We’re honored that the Pulitzer board recognized the skill of our staff and the importance of its work.
Joby Warrick, a national security correspondent at the Post, won as well, receiving the Pulitzer for nonfiction for his book, Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS, which, as the title implies, documents ISIS’ genesis.
“Joby is one of the finest national security reporters in the country. The breadth of his knowledge, the depth of his sourcing, and the doggedness of his reporting are all evident in this remarkable book, along with his brilliance as a storyteller,” said Baron.
You can find the full list of winners here.