Capital Gazette awarded for ‘courageous response’: 2019 Pulitzer Prizes

The journalism awards announced their 103rd class of honorees

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The Pulitzer Prize gold medal award

The Pulitzer Prize gold medal award (By Wikimedia Commons)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News)--The Pulitzer Prize Board announced its 2019 winners at Columbia University’s School of Journalism on Monday (April 15). Singer Aretha Franklin and Capital Gazette were honored with Special Awards and Citations.

The South Florida Sun Sentinel won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service after publishing a series of work that detailed how school district and law enforcement failed to respond to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School mass shooting that killed 17 students and teachers on February 14, 2018.

The staff of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette took the Pulitzer Prize in Breaking News Reporting home with its reporting of the city’s Tree of Life synagogue massacre that “captured the anguish and resilience of a community thrust into grief.”

Los Angeles Times’ Matt Hamilton, Harriet Ryan, and Paul Pringle investigated the case of George Tyndall, a USC gynecologist who continued to practice on campus after the school received numerous complaints of inappropriate behavior since the 1990s, and won the prize in the Investigative Reporting category.

David Barstow, Susanne Craig, and Russ Buettner of The New York Times won the Explanatory Reporting prize for their 18-month investigation into U.S. President Donald Trump’s financial history that debunked his claims of being a self-made billionaire.

For Local Reporting, The Advocate, Baton Rouge, La., looked into the Louisiana state’s discriminatory conviction system that practices a Jim Crow-era law and sends defendants to jail without jury consensus.

The Wall Street Journal exposed President Trump’s secret payments to two women who claimed to have had affairs with him and won the National Reporting prize.

Maggie Michael, Maad al-Zikry and Nariman El-Mofty of Associated Press who cover the war in Yemen, and staff of Reuters, including Wa Lone and Kyaw Seo Oo, who reported on the massacre of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, are the winners of the International Reporting prizes.

The full list of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize winners can be found on the Pulitzer Prizes website.