Pulitzer Prizes 2015 Go To South Carolina’s Post and Courier, New York Times, Washington Post

Seattle Times Takes breaking news reporting; investigative awards go to New York Times and Wall Street Journal

Last Updated: April 20, 2015 @ 5:53 PM

The Pulitzer organization announced its 2015 winners on Monday, including The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal for investigative reporting, and The Post and Courier of Charleston, South Carolina for public service, which was awarded for the newspaper’s series on violence against women.

The Times added international reporting and feature photography awards to its prize for investigative reporting, which honored Eric Lipton’s report on the influence of lobbyists on congressional leaders and state attorneys general. The win came alongside The Wall Street Journal’s investigative prize for its project, “Medicare Unmasked,” which gave unprecedented access to previously confidential data on the motivations and practices of health care providers.

The Post and Courier won the Public Service award for its series “Till Death Do Us Part,” which explored the reasons why South Carolina is among the nation’s deadliest states for women, eventually forcing the issue onto the state’s agenda.

Mike Pride, administrator of the Prizes, announced the winners from the Columbia University campus.

“Today they become the 99th annual class of Pulitzer Prize honorees,” Pride said, noting that the organization received roughly 1,200 journalism entries, 1,400 books, 200 music compositions and 100 plays. In journalism two categories were opened to magazines, resulting in more than 60 entries.

Also winning was The Seattle Times Staff in breaking news reporting for its digital account of a landslide that killed 43 people along with follow-up reporting that explored whether it could have been prevented.

In explanatory reporting, Zachary R. Mider of Bloomberg News won for “a painstaking, clear and entertaining explanation” of how many U.S. corporations are able to dodge taxes, along with the difficulty lawmakers and regulators have in stopping them.

In books, drama and music, “All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr (Scribner) won for “an imaginative and intricate novel inspired by the horrors of World War II,” and the play “Between Riverside and Crazy,” by Stephen Adly Guirgis, was honored for “a nuanced, beautifully written” story of a retired police officer faced with eviction that uses dark comedy to confront questions of life and death.

The Prize juries are made up of journalists, photojournalists, scholars, authors, poets, composers, playwrights and critics — some former Pulitzer Prize winners. Their purpose is to select the three best works in each category.

Prizes in 2016 will observe the 100th dispensation of awards.

“To celebrate our centennial in 2016, we have launched the Pulitzer Prize Campfires Initiative,” Pride said. “We also plan a series of high-profile public programs for 2016 around the themes of civil rights and equality, war and peace, the presidency, and power and accountability.”

Here is the full list:


PUBLIC SERVICEThe Post and Courier, Charleston, SC


INVESTIGATIVE REPORTINGTwo Prizes:Eric Lipton of The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal Staff

EXPLANATORY REPORTINGZachary R. Mider of Bloomberg News

LOCAL REPORTINGRob Kuznia, Rebecca Kimitch and Frank Suraci of the Daily Breeze, Torrance, CA

NATIONAL REPORTINGCarol D. Leonnig of The Washington Post


FEATURE WRITINGDiana Marcum of the Los Angeles Times

COMMENTARYLisa Falkenberg of the Houston Chronicle

CRITICISMMary McNamara of the Los Angeles Times

EDITORIAL WRITINGKathleen Kingsbury of The Boston Globe

EDITORIAL CARTOONINGAdam Zyglis of The Buffalo News

BREAKING NEWS PHOTOGRAPHYSt. Louis Post-Disptach Photography Staff

FEATURE PHOTOGRAPHYDaniel Berehulak , freelance photographer, The New York Times

Books, Drama and Music

FICTION – “All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr (Scribner)

DRAMA – “Between Riverside and Crazy” by Stephen Adly Guirgis

HISTORY – “Encounters at the Heart of the World: A History of the Mandan People ” by Elizabeth A. Fenn (Hill and Wang)

BIOGRAPHY – “The Pope and Mussolini: The Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise of Fascism in Europe” by David I. Kertzer (Random House)

POETRY – “Digest” by Gregory Pardlo (Four Way Books)

GENERAL NONFICTION – “The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History” by Elizabeth Kolbert (Henry Holt)

MUSIC – “Anthracite Fields” by Julia Wolfe (G. Schirmer, Inc.)

Watch video of the winner announcements below.