April 18, 2016

The recipients of the 2016 Pulitzer Prizes were announced Monday. We’ve collected the winners below, along with reactions from newsrooms across the country.

The winners

The Pulitzer Prize for public service went to The Associated Press for its story, “Slaves may have caught the fish you bought.” Finalists were InsideClimate News and the Tampa Bay Times, whose article was moved to, and won, the local reporting category.

In breaking news, the Los Angeles Times was recognized for its coverage of the San Bernardino shootings. Finalists in this category were The Baltimore Sun, for coverage of the rioting following the shooting of Freddie Gray, and the Charleston Post and Courier.

The Tampa Bay Times and the Sarasota Herald-Tribune took home the prize for investigative reporting for an investigation into Florida’s mental health system. Journalists from The New York Times were involved in both the reports selected as finalists, one of which was produced in partnership with The Marshall Project.

ProPublica and The Marshall Project took home the award for explanatory reporting on “law enforcement’s enduring failures to investigate reports of rape properly and to comprehend the traumatic effects on its victims.” The Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram and The Wall Street Journal were finalists.

The Tampa Bay Times also won the prize for local reporting for “Failure Factories,” a report on the performance of the Pinellas County school system. There were three finalists for this story: The Minneapolis, Minnesota Star Tribune, the Miami Herald and The New York Times were finalists.

The prize for National Reporting went, as leaked this morning, to The Washington Post for collecting and reporting data on police shootings at the national level. ProPublica and The Huffington Post were finalists.

Alissa J. Rubin of The New York Times received the award for international reporting, “for thoroughly reported and movingly written accounts giving voice to Afghan women who were forced to endure unspeakable cruelties.”

Kathryn Schultz of The New Yorker was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing for “The Really Big One.” The New York Times and The Washington Post were finalists.

The commentary prize went to Farah Stockman of The Boston Globe for “the legacy of busing in Boston and its effect on education in the city with a clear eye on ongoing racial contradictions.” The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times were finalists.

The New Yorker also won the Pulitzer Prize for criticism, awarded to Emily Nussbaum for “television reviews written with an affection that never blunts the shrewdness of her analysis or the easy authority of her writing.” The New Yorker and The New York Times were finalists.

John Hackworth of Sun Newspapers, Charlotte Harbor, Florida, received the prize for editorial writing for “fierce, indignant editorials that demanded truth and change after the deadly assault of an inmate by corrections officers.”

The prize for editorial cartooning went to Jack Ohman of The Sacramento Bee. Newsday and the Star Tribune were finalists.

In breaking news photography, the prize was shared between photographers at The New York Times and Reuters for photos on the refugee crisis. Getty Images was a finalist.

The Boston Globe’s second prize went to Jessica Rinaldi for “the raw and revealing photographic story of a boy who strives to find his footing after abuse by those he trusted.” The Boston Globe was also a finalist, as was the Charleston, South Carolina, Post and Courier.


There were hugs all around at the Tampa Bay Times for its awards.

Champagne and thank yous reigned at the Los Angeles Times.

Some have called on the Tampa Bay Times to update its header before its fact-checking service PolitiFact has to rate it negatively.

Some journalists offered inter-newsroom congratulations.


The New York Times is sharing some of its prize-winning photos.

At The Washington Post, a researcher was feted.


The Marshall Project won its first Pulitzer this year in partnership with ProPublica.

The New Yorker also re-shared its prize-winning stories.

Web analytics company Chartbeat sent the Tampa Bay Times a special message in its dashboard.


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