The New York Times and Washington Post each won a Pulitzer Prize for national reporting on Monday, capping off a newsroom battle last year for scoops on links between Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and Russia, the focus of an ongoing special counsel investigation into the 2016 election.
Another dominant story of 2017, the global reckoning over sexual misconduct across industries, was also a major theme of this year’s awards. The Times and the New Yorker, whose separate, groundbreaking reports on disgraced film mogul Harvey Weinstein opened the floodgates last fall, shared the public service prize. The Times’ Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey led their paper’s coverage, while Ronan Farrow’s work for the New Yorker was honored.
The Post nabbed the investigative award for its in-depth reporting on accusations of sexual misconduct against Roy Moore, who lost his Senate bid in Alabama amid the controversy.
The staffs of the Arizona Republic and USA Today Network won the explanatory award for an ambitious project on Trump’s proposed wall at the U.S.-Mexico border, a nine-month investigation that included dozens of reporters and photographers. The staff of The Press Democrat in Santa Rosa, California won the breaking news prize for its coverage of wildfires, and the Cincinnati Enquirer took home the local award for covering the ravages of the city’s heroin epidemic.
The winners are chosen by the Pulitzer Prize Board, which includes leading journalists and academics, and administered by Columbia University.