2017 Pulitzer Prizes
After a year in which revelations by upstart media outliers like WikiLeaks and Judicial Watch drove coverage of the 2016 presidential campaign, Pulitzer Prizes were bestowed April 10 on more traditional outlets like the New York Times (which won three), ProPublica, the Washington Post and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.
Winner of the Pulitzer for investgative reporting was Eric Eyre of the Charleston Gazette-Mail, for coverage of the flood of opioids ravaging depressed West Virginia counties. Eyre's effort, at a smaller newspaper, was part of a larger story of the woes afflicting blue-collar America that many critics felt big media outlets underplayed in the prelude to Donald Trump's populist victory.
David A. Fahrenthold of The Washington Post won the Pulitzer for national reporting for his revelations about Trump’s charitable foundation.
The New York Daily News and ProPublica won the public service award for a series about widespread abuses by the New York City police, who used a decades-old law to force people, mainly minorities, from their homes and businesses over alleged illegal activity.
The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, McClatchy and the Miami Herald won for their coverage of the so-called Panama Papers, a massive leak of documents sifted by more than 300 reporters on six continents and illuminating the hidden infrastructure and global scale of offshore tax havens.
The staff of the Salt Lake Tribune won the local reporting prize for reports on cruel treatment given to sexual assault victims at Brigham Young University, one of Utah’s most powerful institutions.
The staff of the East Bay Times in Oakland, Calif., won the prize for breaking news reporting, for coverage of the “Ghost Ship” fire, which killed 36 people at a warehouse party, and for afterward exposing the city’s failure to take actions that might have prevented it.
The New York Times's three prizes were for international reporting, recognizing a series on Russia’s stealthy assertion of power; for feature-writing, for a New York Times Magazine article by C.J. Chivers about a young veteran of the Afghan war suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder; and for breaking news photography by Daniel Berehulak chronicling a violent campaign in the Philippines.