Published: Wed, April 17, 2019
Arts&Culture | By Matthew Castillo

NY Times, Wall Street Journal Win Pulitzers for Trump Investigations

NY Times, Wall Street Journal Win Pulitzers for Trump Investigations

"She's continued to receive multiple awards - she's received nearly every award imaginable and now to get the Pulitzer Prize, it's just unbelievable", Sabrina Owens, Franklin's niece and the executor of her estate, said in an interview with The Associated Press on Monday.

Pulitzers also went to the New York Times and Wall Street Journal for investigations of President Trump.

The committee also gave a special citation to the staff of the Capital Gazette, a paper in Annapolis, Md. that was the subject of a deadly attack in June that resulted in the murder of five employees.

David Blight, the Class of 1954 Professor of American History and director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition, and Jackie Sibblies Drury '03, a lecturer in playwriting at the Yale School of Drama, were awarded 2019 Pulitzer Prizes. The Capital Gazette will receive an $100,000 award.

The newspaper also won a Pulitzer Prize, U.S. journalism's highest honor, in 2015 for photographic coverage of the unrest in Ferguson after Michael Brown's death.

Winners in the field of news reporting included the Wall Street Journal for its investigations of discreet payments orchestrated by Michael Cohen to silence women who claimed to have had affairs with Donald Trump before he became the USA president.

The Los Angeles Times' report on a University of Southern California gynecologist who allegedly abused hundreds of young women earned a prize for investigative reporting.

The biography award went to Jeffrey Stewart's The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke, and Eliza Griswold's Amity and Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing of America won the award in the general non-fiction category.

Aretha Franklin performs at the House of Blues in Los Angeles.

Franklin, who died last summer, was the first woman singled out for an honorary Pulitzer, which has been given to Bob Dylan and John Coltrane among others.

The award for worldwide reporting went to a team of Associated Press journalists for their work documenting torture, graft and starvation in Yemen's brutal civil war.

The Queen of Soul is now a Pulitzer Prize victor.

Reuters was also recognized for worldwide reporting for covering the brutal crackdown on Rohingya Muslims by security forces in Buddhist-majority Myanmar.

The music award went to Ellen Reid for her operatic work 'p r i s m'.

Jackie Sibblies Drury won the drama prize for Fairview, a play which seems to be a black family comedy in the style of The Cosby Show or A Different World, but takes some unexpected turns, both for the characters onstage and the audience themselves. The Pulitzers, the most prestigious prizes in American journalism, have been awarded since 1917.

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