AP Wins Public Service Pulitzer for Seafood Probe

  • NY Times, Tampa Bay Times, Boston Globe each win two prizes
  • `Hamilton' creator Lin-Manuel Miranda wins drama award

The Associated Press won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for public service for its investigation of labor abuses tied to seafood sold in U.S. grocery stores.

The New York Times, Boston Globe, Tampa Bay Times and New Yorker each garnered two Pulitzers, presented Monday in New York at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator and star of “Hamilton,” the Broadway blockbuster about Alexander Hamilton, won for the prize for drama.

The award for explanatory reporting went to ProPublica and the Marshall Project for their joint work on the failures of law enforcement to properly investigate reports of rape. The award for investigative reporting went to the Tampa Bay Times and Sarasota Herald-Tribune for their story about violence and neglect in Florida mental hospitals.

The national reporting prize went to the Washington Post for its stories on how often and why police in the U.S. shoot to kill and who the victims are most likely to be. The Tampa Bay Times also won the local reporting award for its coverage of a county school district’s failure to educate black students.

The breaking news prize went to the Los Angeles Times for its coverage of the shooting in San Bernardino, California, and the terror investigation that followed. The New Yorker won prizes for criticism and feature writing. 

Fiction Prize

The prize for fiction went to Viet Thanh Nguyen for “The Sympathizer.”

An 18-member board of editors, publishers, writers and educators voted on the winners in 21 categories of journalism, books, drama and music. Winners in all categories except public service receive $10,000. The public-service prize, awarded to a news organization, is a gold medal.

The Pulitzer Prize panel has adapted the awards to the changing media landscape. In recent years, the board has expanded eligibility for five categories -- investigative reporting, feature writing, international reporting, criticism and editorial cartooning -- to include many online and print magazines that publish at least weekly. The board also changed its rules on partnerships, letting news organizations nominate journalists who work at partnering outlets even if those groups aren’t eligible to compete.

Click here for the full list of winners.

(Rewords second paragraph to show prizes were awarded at the journalism school and not by the school in story that ran April 18.)
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