The New York Times and the New Yorker were honored with the top award in journalism today, the Pulitzer Prize.
The judges honored the publications, and reporters, including former NBC News correspondent Ronan Farrow, “for explosive, impactful journalism that exposed powerful and wealthy sexual predators, including allegations against one of Hollywood’s most influential producers, bringing them to account for long-suppressed allegations of coercion, brutality and victim silencing, thus spurring a worldwide reckoning about sexual abuse of women.”
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Twenty-two separate pieces of work were included in the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, including several stories on the downfall of cable news’ top host, Bill O’Reilly, a year ago this week.
Farrow’s series of winning stories for the New Yorker on Harvey Weinstein actually began when Farrow was a correspondent for NBC News. He’d been assigned to look into allegations against the Hollywood mogul in late 2016. By the summer of 2017 he was close to being able to report what he had, but NBC brass felt there wasn’t enough, and gave him the go-ahead to take it elsewhere. So he took the reporting to the Condé Nast magazine.
Among those Farrow thanked today, his NBC News colleague Rich McHugh.
And a special thanks must go to @RichMcHughNBC, who defied orders and put everything on the line to keep reporting and ensure the evidence saw the light of day. I would have been lost without him.
— Ronan Farrow (@RonanFarrow) April 16, 2018