East Bay Times wins Pulitzer Prize for Ghost Ship fire coverage

The 2017 Pulitzer Prize winners were announced Monday and reporting on the 2016 US presidential campaign earned one of the prestigious awards handed out in honor of journalistic and creative work.

David Fahrenthold of "The Washington Post" won the national reporting award for what the board called "a model for transparent journalism" that cast doubt on Trump's assertions of charitable generosity.

Staffers of the Oakland, Calif. newspaper, East Bay Times covered the tragic Ghost Ship fire and secured the Breaking News category prize for their coverage.

Seven awards also recognise fiction, drama, history, biographies, poetry, general nonfiction and music.

The New York Daily News and ProPublica won the award.

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, McClatchy, and The Miami Herald shared the prize for explanatory reporting for their coverage of millions of leaked documents known as the Panama Papers scandal.

"Without question, it was one of the toughest situations to see a staff in", he said, recalling reporters, editors and photographers pouring into the newsroom on a Sunday and how some were still checking on the whereabouts of their own loved ones as they did their jobs.

The 59-year-old Cullen says he feels vindicated the information was released and he's proud of the Pulitzer, which recognized him for "tenacious reporting, impressive expertise and engaging writing that successfully challenged powerful corporate agricultural interests in Iowa".

In the Trump era, big newspapers like the New York Times and Washington Post are building vital digital businesses to fend off challenges from tech platforms like Facebook and Google that are taking advertising sales from newspapers globally.

Whitehead, 47, told the New York Times on Monday that to be given even more recognition by the Pulitzer committee was "startling and wonderful".

In the Breaking News Photography Award, Daniel Berehulak won for his coverage of the government crackdown, assault and violence on drug dealers and users in the Philippines that resulted from President Rodrigo Duterte's aggressive antidrug campaign.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail of West Virginia won for its reporting on opioid addiction, Pride said.

"It's tremendously humbling to be giving the award and have our journalists honored", said Neil Chase, executive editor of the East Bay Times and the Mercury News in San Jose.

The Salt Lake Tribune staff for reports revealing the mistreatment of sexual assault victims at Brigham Young University. The paper said the reporting led to reforms.

The Pulitzer Prize is an award for achievements in newspaper, magazine and online journalism, literature and musical composition in the United States, according to published sources.

"The Return: Fathers, Sons, and the Land in Between" by Hisham Matar won the Pulitzer Prize for autobiography.

Lynn Nottage won the drama award for "Sweat", a play which was described as "a nuanced yet powerful drama that reminds audiences of the stacked deck still facing workers searching for the American dream".

More than 2,500 entries were submitted this year, competing for 21 prizes, including 14 of the most prestigious awards in American journalism in categories ranging from public service and breaking news to commentary, cartooning and photography.

  • Salvatore Jensen