The 2016 Pulitzer Prize winners were announced on Monday, with the 100th edition of the prestigious awards marking the first in which a magazine was honored, with The New Yorker winning in two categories, feature writing and criticism.
The Associated Press took home the Public Service award for its “Seafood and Slaves” series; the Los Angeles Times staff won for Breaking News Reporting in covering the San Bernardino shootings; and Leonora LaPeter Anton and Anthony Cormier of the Tampa Bay Times and Michael Braga of the Sarasota Herald Tribune teamed up for the Investigative Reporting Award exposing the escalating violence and neglect in Florida mental hospitals.
The New Yorker editor David Remnick shared a note with his staff following the announcement of the 2016 winners which included Emily Nussbaum for her television criticism. Kathryn Schulz won for Feature Writing for her scientific narrative about the rupturing of the Cascadia fault line, “a masterwork of environmental reporting and writing,” according to the Pulitzer committee.
“Last year was the first time in the century-long history of the Pulitzer Prizes that magazines were permitted to submit entries. The New Yorker got off to a remarkable start,” Remnick told staffers. “This year’s results are simply astounding–and a source of immense pride.”
Redneck continued by saying,”this is a day of celebration at The New Yorker, first and foremost for these writers, who are so deserving” before inviting his staff for a celebratory toast later this afternoon.
Four New York Times photographers have won the Pulitzer for their photos of Europe’s refugee crisis. Mike Pride, administrator of The Pulitzer Prizes, announced the winners.
“It was really a robust year for journalism,” Pride said.
- Investigative Reporting – Leonora LaPeter Anton and Anthony Cormier of the Tampa Bay Times and Michael Braga of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune
- Explanatory Reporting – T. Christian Miller of ProPublica and Ken Armstrong of The Marshall Project
- Local Reporting – Michael LaForgia, Cara Fitzpatrick and Lisa Gartner of the Tampa Bay Times
- National Reporting – The Washington Post Staff
- International Reporting – Alissa J. Rubin of The New York Times
- Feature Writing – Kathryn Schulz of The New Yorker
- Commentary – Farah Stockman of The Boston Globe
- Criticism – Emily Nussbaum of The New Yorker
- Editorial Writing – John Hackworth of Sun Newspapers, Charlotte Harbor, FL
- Editorial Cartooning – Jack Ohman The Sacramento Bee
- Photography Staff - Thomson Reuters
- Feature Photography - Jessica Rinaldi of The Boston Globe
- Fiction – “The Sympathizer” by Viet Thanh Nguyen (Grove Press)
- Drama – “Hamilton” by Lin-Manuel Miranda
- History – “Custer’s Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America” by T.J. Stiles (Alfred A. Knopf)
- Biography – “Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life” by William Finnegan (Penguin Press)
- Poetry – “Ozone Journal” by Peter Balakian (University of Chicago Press)
- Nonfiction – “Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS” by Joby Warrick (Doubleday)
- Music – “In for a Penny, In for a Pound” by Henry Threadgill (Pi Recordings)