Here Are Your 2017 Pulitzer Prize Winners

David Fahrenthold wins, NYT picks up three, The Miami Herald picks up two

To the question of whether Washington Post reporter David Fahrenthold would receive a Pulitzer Prize, as many had expected him to, the answer was yes, as administrator Mike Pride announced the 2017 Pulitzer Prize winners today at Columbia University in New York. Fahrenthold received the Pulitzer for national reporting for his work attempting to track Donald Trump and the Trump Foundation’s charitable giving.

Another award circuit favorite this year, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, along with McClatchy and The Miami Herald, received the award for explanatory reporting for their work reporting on the Panama Papers.

The New York Times, which had given a premature shout out this morning to its winners, ended up picking up three awards in international reporting, feature writing and breaking news photography.

The New Yorker got its second Pulitzer for criticism in a row, this time for Hilton Als, in its second year of eligibility for the category.

Pride, who will be retiring, noted that today was prize namesake Joseph Pulitzer’s 170th birthday, wishing him a happy birthday to laughter before his speech gave way to more serious territory. Pride delivered a defense of journalism and its place in civil society and in a democracy, saying, “Because journalists deliver uncomfortable truths, they will always be easy targets for criticism. But you only have to pause to consider societies where journalism is suppressed to realize that even with its flaws, a vigorous and free press remains a cornerstone of democracy. It is truly an ally of the American people.”

Here is the full list of winners:


  • Public Service: The New York Daily News and ProPublica
  • Breaking News Reporting: Staff of the East Bay Times
  • Investigative Reporting: Eric Eyre of the Charleston Gazette-Mail
  • Explanatory Reporting: ICIJ, McClatchy and the Miami Herald
  • Local Reporting: The Salt Lake Tribune staff
  • National Reporting: David Fahrenthold of the The Washington Post
  • International Reporting: The New York Times staff
  • Feature Writing: C. J. Chivers of The New York Times
  • Commentary: Peggy Noonan of The Wall Street Journal
  • Criticism: Hilton Als of The New Yorker
  • Editorial Writing: Art Cullen of The Storm Lake Times
  • Editorial Cartooning: Jim Morin of the Miami Herald
  • Breaking News Photography: Daniel Berehulak, freelance, for The New York Times
  • Feature Photography: E. Jason Wambsgans of the Chicago Tribune

Letters, Drama & Music

  • Fiction: Colson Whitehead for The Underground Railroad
  • Drama: Lynn Nottage for Sweat
  • History: Heather Ann Thompson for Blood in the Water
  • Biography or Autobiography: Hisham Matar for The Return
  • Poetry: Tyehimba Jess for Olio
  • General Nonfiction: Matthew Desmond for Evicted
  • Music: Du Yun for Angel’s Bone