Pulitzer Prizes honour U.S. election coverage

Reports said the Times won this year's Pulitzer Prize for the breaking news photography on the war on drugs in the Philippines last year.

The Washington Post's David Fahrenthold (center) learns he won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for national reporting, surrounded by his colleagues in the newsroom Monday.

Fahrenthold investigated not only Trump's claims of charitable giving but also disclosed that the Republican presidential candidate had boasted in crude terms of groping about women on tape in 2005.

The prize for explanatory reporting went to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, McClatchy, and the Miami Herald, for the Panama Papers stories on offshore tax havens.

From Japan, Kyodo News and The Asahi Shimbun took part in the ICIJ work from the beginning, while Japanese public broadcaster NHK joined it later.

Karisa King, the Las Vegas Review-Journal's assistant managing editor for investigations, was named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize on Monday for reporting she did a year ago at the Chicago Tribune.

At the same time, local papers like the Charleston Gazette-Mail continue to struggle, putting at risk valuable local investigative reporting like Eric Eyre's prize-winning work.

"Thanks to this investigation, NY now sees how an extremely muscular law, combined with aggressive policing, combined with a lack of counsel, combined with lax judges produced damaging miscarriages of justice", Daily News Editor in Chief Arthur Browne said.

"The prizes represent the core values of two realms: independent inquiry into public affairs, and creativity and scholarship in telling the story of America", said Pulitzers administrator Mike Pride.

The Salt Lake Tribune staffers secured their Pulitzer for the fearless string of articles that revealed Brigham Young University's systematic disregard and abusive treatment of sexual assault victims.

The Storm Lake Times of Iowa and writer Art Cullen won for a series of editorials that challenged powerful agricultural interests in the state.

The New York Times staff won the global reporting award for "agenda-setting" coverage of Mr Putin's efforts to project Russian power overseas, including assassinations and online harassment. In his speech to colleagues, Chivers thanked and apologized to his family for the "toll reporting has taken on his personal life", an editor at the Times, Dan Saltzstein, tweeted.

The Pulitzer Prize for commentary went to Peggy Noonan of "The Wall Street Journal" for what the board called "beautifully rendered columns that connected readers to the shared virtues of Americans during one of the nation's most divisive political campaigns".

Berehulak, a native of Sydney, Australia now based in Mexico City, spent 35 days in Metro Manila where he "photographed 57 homicides at 41 crime scenes where drug users and dealers had been murdered by vigilantes emboldened by President Duterte's mandate: "kill them all", the New York Times's "Lens" blog said.

The Pulitzers have been awarded since 1917.

Seven awards also recognise fiction, drama, history, biographies, poetry, general nonfiction and music. Only the victor in the Public Service category of the Journalism competition is awarded a gold medal.

  • Salvatore Jensen