Sun Sentinel Wins Public Service Pulitzer for Parkland Shooting Coverage

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The Sun Sentinel of South Florida won the Pulitzer Prize for public service on Monday for its coverage of the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., a tragedy that unfolded just miles from the paper’s newsroom.

Reporters spent months documenting the shooting and its aftermath in their community and its effect on the national debate over gun rights. In a harrowing reconstruction, The Sun Sentinel revealed a series of failures by local officials and law enforcement that, the paper wrote, cost children their lives.

It was the second time The Sun Sentinel has received the public service award, considered the most prestigious of the Pulitzers. The paper, based in Deerfield Beach, Fla., north of Fort Lauderdale, won the category in 2013 for its investigation of the speeding habits of local police officers, who were later disciplined.

In honoring a smaller newspaper, the Pulitzer board recognized the importance of local journalism at a moment when regional papers are struggling to survive. The awards, first handed out in 1917, are presented annually by Columbia University for excellence in journalism and letters.

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Susanne Craig addressing The New York Times newsroom after she, Russ Buettner, to her immediate right, and David Barstow, to Mr. Buettner’s right, won the Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting. CreditHiroko Masuike/The New York Times

The New York Times received the explanatory reporting prize for a forensic review of President Trump’s family finances, which uncovered a series of dubious schemes — including instances of outright fraud — that allowed the future president and his relatives to avoid paying hundreds of millions of dollars in taxes. The investigation, by the Times journalists David Barstow, Susanne Craig and Russ Buettner, drew on tens of thousands of pages of confidential records and lasted 18 months.

Mr. Trump’s financial irregularities were also the focus of a prizewinning report by The Wall Street Journal, which revealed how the president’s lawyer, Michael D. Cohen, arranged hush-money payments to two women in the run-up to the 2016 election. The Journal won the award in the category of national reporting.

The Times also won the prize for editorial writing, for essays by Brent Staples, who has been a member of the paper’s editorial board since 1990.

This is a developing story and will be updated. The full list of winners is below:

PUBLIC SERVICE

South Florida Sun Sentinel

BREAKING NEWS REPORTING

Staff of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING

Matt Hamilton, Harriet Ryan and Paul Pringle of the Los Angeles Times

EXPLANATORY REPORTING

David Barstow, Susanne Craig and Russ Buettner of The New York Times

A nine year old migrant girl from Guatemala sits in the back of a U.S. Border Patrol vehicle after she was apprehended for illegally crossing into the U.S. from Mexico in Sunland Park, New Mexico on June 14, 2018. The Photography Staff of Reuters were awarded the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography for their coverage of migrants trying to reach the U.S. from Central and South America.CreditAdrees Latif/Reuters

LOCAL REPORTING

Staff of The Advocate, Baton Rouge, La.

NATIONAL REPORTING

Staff of The Wall Street Journal

INTERNATIONAL REPORTING

Maggie Michael, Maad al-Zikry and Nariman El-Mofty of The Associated Press and the Staff of Reuters, with notable contributions from Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo

FEATURE WRITING

Hannah Dreier of ProPublica

COMMENTARY

Tony Messenger of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

CRITICISM

Carlos Lozada of The Washington Post

EDITORIAL WRITING

Brent Staples of The New York Times

EDITORIAL CARTOONING

Darrin Bell, freelancer

BREAKING NEWS PHOTOGRAPHY

Photography Staff of Reuters

FEATURE PHOTOGRAPHY

Lorenzo Tugnoli of The Washington Post

“Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom,” by David W. Blight, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for History.CreditSimon & Schuster, via Associated Press

FICTION

“The Overstory” by Richard Powers (W.W. Norton)

DRAMA

“Fairview” by Jackie Sibblies Drury

HISTORY

“Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom” by David W. Blight (Simon & Schuster)

BIOGRAPHY

“The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke” by Jeffrey C. Stewart (Oxford University Press)

POETRY

“Be With” by Forrest Gander (New Directions)

GENERAL NONFICTION

“Amity and Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing of America” by Eliza Griswold (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

MUSIC

“p r i s m” by Ellen Reid, premiered by the Los Angeles Opera on Nov. 29, 2018.

Capital Gazette, Annapolis, Md.

Aretha Franklin

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