Pulitzer Prizes in journalism and the arts set to be awarded

CORRECTS FROM BARRON TO BARON Washington Post editor Martin Baron left joins the paper's staff in congratulating David Fahrenthold center upon learning that he won the Pulitzer Prize for National Repor

Pulitzer Prizes in journalism and the arts set to be awarded

The prestigious Pulitzer Prizes were announced Monday afternoon for accomplishments in journalism, but long before the winners were revealed the New York Times was acting like it had already won.

The New York Daily News and ProPublica garnered the coveted Pulitzer Prize for public service for uncovering abuse of eviction rules by police that drove many poor minority families from their homes.

Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism announced the 101st annual Pulitzer Prizes Monday in NY.

David A. Fahrenthold won the prize for national reporting, with the judges citing his stories about Trump's charitable foundation that called into question whether the real estate magnate was as generous as he claimed.

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Peggy Noonan of The Wall Street Journal earned the commentary prize for connecting readers to the "shared virtues of Americans during one of the nation's most divisive political campaigns".

Times spokeswoman Eileen Murphy would not confirm it had advance word that it had won any Pulitzers, calling the notice "a mistake, combined with a little bit of hopeful thinking".

Also nominated as finalists: Jenna Russell, Maria Cramer, Michael Rezendes, Todd Wallack and Scott Helman of The Boston Globe for a look at how the closing of psychiatric hospitals led to deadly encounters with police; and Michael Schwirtz, Michael Winerip and Robert Gebeloff of The New York Times for showing that minority inmates were punished at a far higher rate than white inmates.

The New York Times staff won the worldwide reporting prize for articles on Russian President Vladimir Putin's efforts to project Russia's power overseas, a particularly pertinent story given USA intelligence conclusions that Putin's government actively tried to influence the US election in Trump's favor.

The counties sued by the Des Moines Water Works secretly received money from agricultural groups to fight the lawsuit and the 3,000-circulation twice-weekly newspaper pushed in its reporting to lift the veil of secrecy on who was paying to fight the lawsuit.

For breaking news, the staff of the East Bay Times in Oakland, California, won for its coverage of the "Ghost Ship" fire that killed 36 people at a warehouse party, and the city's failure to take actions that might have prevented it.

The entire event will be live-streamed from the historic World Room of the journalism building at New York's Columbia University.

Editorial Cartooning: Jim Morin, Miami Herald.

Berehulak documented 57 murder victims over 35 days in his work for the New York Times, to take out the breaking news photography award.

Feature Photography: E. Jason Wambsgans, Chicago Tribune.

The News has won nine Pulitzers, the most recent for its editorial writing on social and economic divisions between northern and southern Dallas.

Amid concern about fake news and the role of the media, "it's just a very important time to try to help people see the importance of great journalism in their lives and in the democracy", prize administrator Mike Pride said.

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