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Pulitzer Prizes 2019

The Pulitzer Prize is an award for achievements in newspaper, magazine and online journalism, literature, and musical composition in the United States. It was established in 1917 by provisions in the will of American (Hungarian-born) Joseph Pulitzer who had made his fortune as a newspaper publisher, and is administered by Columbia University in New York City. Prizes are awarded yearly in twenty-one categories. In twenty of the categories, each winner receives a certificate and a US$15,000 cash award (raised from $10,000 in 2017). The winner in the public service category of the journalism competition is awarded a gold medal.

There are many categories of Pulitzer Prizes and several recipients in some categories. Some of the important pries are listed below:

Journalism Public Service– The Sun-Sentinel, for “exposing failings by school and law enforcement officials before and after the deadly shooting rampage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.”

Journalism investigative reporting– David Barstow, Susanne Craig and Russ Buettner of The New York Times, for “an exhaustive 18-month investigation of President Donald Trump’s finances that debunked his claims of self-made wealth and revealed a business empire riddled with tax dodges.”

National Reporting– Staff of The Wall Street Journal, for “uncovering President Trump’s secret payoffs to two women during his campaign who claimed to have had affairs with him, and the web of supporters who facilitated the transactions, triggering criminal inquiries and calls for impeachment.”

International Reporting– Maggie Michael, Maad al-Zikry and Nariman El-Mofty of The Associated Press, for “a revelatory yearlong series detailing the atrocities of the war in Yemen, including theft of food aid, deployment of child soldiers and torture of prisoners.”

Feature Photography– Lorenzo Tugnoli of The Washington Post, for “brilliant photo storytelling of the tragic famine in Yemen, shown through images in which beauty and composure are intertwined with devastation. (Moved by the jury from Breaking News Photography, where it was originally entered.)”

Breaking News Photography– The photography staff of Reuters, for “a vivid and startling visual narrative of the urgency, desperation and sadness of migrants as they journeyed to the U.S. from Central and South America.”[

Fiction– 1. The Overstory, by Richard Powers, an “ingeniously structured narrative that branches and canopies like the trees at the core of the story whose wonder and connectivity echo those of the humans living amongst them; 2. The Great Believers, by Rebecca Makkai, an “artful novel that chronicles a mother’s search for her estranged daughter against the backdrop of the AIDS crisis, and contemplates the ripples of grief affecting generations of survivors”; and . There , by Tommy Orange, a “compassionate debut that, through 12 Native American narrators making their way to a California powwow, offers a chorus of voices struggling with questions of identity and authenticity.”

General Nonfiction– Amity and Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing of America, by Eliza Griswold, a “classic American story, grippingly told, of an Appalachian family struggling to retain its middle class status in the shadow of destruction wreaked by corporate oil fracking.”

Poetry– Be With, by Forrest Gander, a “collection of elegies that grapple with sudden loss, and the difficulties of expressing grief and yearning for the departed.”

Music– 1, Prism, by Ellen Reid, a “bold new operatic work that uses sophisticated vocal writing and striking instrumental timbres to confront difficult subject matter: the effects of sexual and emotional abuse.  Libretto by Roxie Perkins ; 2. Still, by James Romig, a “hypnotic solo-piano work comprised of 43 individual sections whose striking harmonic implications and subtly dramatic effects distill music to its barest essences;” and  3. Sustain, by Andrew Norman, an “absorbing orchestral work rich with mesmerizing textures and color, including washes of clustered string sounds and cascading winds, creating a virtual sound installation in which perceptions of time are suspended”

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