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Here Are the 2016 Pulitzer Prize Winners

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The winners of the 100th Pulitzer Prizes were announced Monday, with the New York Times, the Boston Globe, The New Yorker, and the Tampa Bay Times all taking home two awards each. The AP won in the public service category for its investigation into labor abuses in the fishing industry in Southeast Asia. The Los Angeles Times won for breaking-news reporting for its coverage of the San Bernardino shootings and the subsequent investigation. And Hamilton took home the award for drama.

Here’s the complete list of winners, with descriptions from Pulitzer.org:


Public Service
Associated Press
“For an investigation of severe labor abuses tied to the supply of seafood to American supermarkets and restaurants, reporting that freed 2,000 slaves, brought perpetrators to justice and inspired reforms.”

Breaking News Reporting
Los Angeles Times staff
“For exceptional reporting, including both local and global perspectives, on the shooting in San Bernardino and the terror investigation that followed.”

Investigative Reporting
Leonora LaPeter Anton and Anthony Cormier of the Tampa Bay Times and Michael Braga of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune
“For a stellar example of collaborative reporting by two news organizations that revealed escalating violence and neglect in Florida mental hospitals and laid the blame at the door of state officials.”

Explanatory Reporting
T. Christian Miller of ProPublica and Ken Armstrong of the Marshall Project
“For a startling examination and exposé of law enforcement’s enduring failures to investigate reports of rape properly and to comprehend the traumatic effects on its victims.”

Local Reporting
Michael LaForgia, Cara Fitzpatrick, and Lisa Gartner of the Tampa Bay Times
“For exposing a local school board’s culpability in turning some county schools into failure factories, with tragic consequences for the community. (Moved by the Board from the Public Service category, where it was also entered.)”

National Reporting
The Washington Post staff
“For its revelatory initiative in creating and using a national database to illustrate how often and why the police shoot to kill and who the victims are most likely to be.”

International Reporting
Alissa J. Rubin of The New York Times
“For thoroughly reported and movingly written accounts giving voice to Afghan women who were forced to endure unspeakable cruelties.”

Feature Writing
Kathryn Schulz of The New Yorker
“For an elegant scientific narrative of the rupturing of the Cascadia fault line, a masterwork of environmental reporting and writing.”

Farah Stockman of the Boston Globe
“For extensively reported columns that probe the legacy of busing in Boston and its effect on education in the city with a clear eye on ongoing racial contradictions.”
(Read some of Stockman’s winning columns here, here, and here.)

Emily Nussbaum of The New Yorker
“For television reviews written with an affection that never blunts the shrewdness of her analysis or the easy authority of her writing.”
(Read some of Nussbaum’s winning pieces here, here, and here.)

Editorial Writing
John Hackworth of Sun Newspapers, Charlotte Harbor, FL
“For fierce, indignant editorials that demanded truth and change after the deadly assault of an inmate by corrections officers.”

Editorial Cartooning
Jack Ohman of the Sacramento Bee
“For cartoons that convey wry, rueful perspectives through sophisticated style that combines bold line work with subtle colors and textures.”

Breaking News Photography
Mauricio Lima, Sergey Ponomarev, Tyler Hicks, and Daniel Etter of the New York Times
“For photographs that captured the resolve of refugees, the perils of their journeys and the struggle of host countries to take them in.”

The photography staff of Thomson Reuters
“For gripping photographs, each with its own voice, that follow migrant refugees hundreds of miles across uncertain boundaries to unknown destinations.”

Feature Photography
Jessica Rinaldi of the Boston Globe
“For the raw and revealing photographic story of a boy who strives to find his footing after abuse by those he trusted.”


The Sympathizer, by Viet Thanh Nguyen
“A layered immigrant tale told in the wry, confessional voice of a “man of two minds” — and two countries, Vietnam and the United States.”

Hamilton, by Lin-Manuel Miranda
“A landmark American musical about the gifted and self-destructive founding father whose story becomes both contemporary and irresistible.”

Custer’s Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America, by T.J. Stiles
“A rich and surprising new telling of the journey of the iconic American soldier whose death turns out not to have been the main point of his life. (Moved by the Board from the Biography category.)”

Biography or Autobiography
Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life, by William Finnegan
“A finely crafted memoir of a youthful obsession that has propelled the author through a distinguished writing career.”

Ozone Journal, by Peter Balakian
“Poems that bear witness to the old losses and tragedies that undergird a global age of danger and uncertainty.”

General Nonfiction
Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS, by Joby Warrick
“A deeply reported book of remarkable clarity showing how the flawed rationale for the Iraq War led to the explosive growth of the Islamic State.”

In for a Penny, In for a Pound, by Henry Threadgill
“Recording released on May 26, 2015 by Zooid, a highly original work in which notated music and improvisation mesh in a sonic tapestry that seems the very expression of modern American life.”

Here Are the 2016 Pulitzer Prize Winners