Pulitzer Prize Pride

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On April 18, the 2016 Pulitzer Prize winners were announced, revealing the creators and pieces of this year that deserved recognition for excellence in journalism, literary achievements, and musical composition.

This year marks the 100th year in which the Pulitzer Prizes have been awarded. The awards were first established by Columbia University in 1917 and are named after Joseph Pulitzer, a leading American newspaper publisher of the late 1800s. Up for grabs are fourteen awards in the journalism category, five in books, one in drama, and one in musical composition.

Here are this year’s winners:

(Category — Winner)

Journalism

  • Public Service — Associated Press
  • Breaking News Reporting — Los Angeles Times Staff
  • Investigative Reporting — Leonora LaPeter Anton and Anthony Cormier of the Tampa Bay Times and Michael Braga of of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune
  • Explanatory Reporting — T. Christian Miller of ProPublica and Ken Armstrong of The Marshall Project
  • Local Reporting — Michael LaForgia, Cara Fitzpatrick and Lisa Gartner of Tampa Bay Times
  • National Reporting — The Washington Post Staff
  • International Reporting — Alissa J. Rubin of The New York Times
  • Feature Writing — Kathryn Schulz of The New Yorker
  • Commentary — Farah Stockman of The Boston Globe
  • Criticism — Emily Nussbaum of The New Yorker
  • Editorial Writing — John Hackworth and Brian Gleason of Sun Newspapers, Charlotte Harbor, FL
  • Editorial Cartooning — Jack Ohman of The Sacramento Bee
  • Breaking News Photography — Mauricio Lima, Sergey Ponomarev, Tyler Hicks and Daniel Etter of The New Times
  • Feature Photography — Jessica Rinaldi of The Boston Globe

Letters, Drama, and Music

  • Fiction — The Sympathizer, by Viet Thanh Nguyen (Grove Press)
  • Drama — Hamilton, by Lin-Manuel Miranda
  • History — Custer’s Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America, by T.J. Stiles (Alfred A. Knopf)
  • Biography or Autobiography — Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life, by William Finnegan (Penguin Press)
  • Poetry — Ozone Journal, by Peter Balakian (University of Chicago Press)
  • General Nonfiction — Black Flags: The Rise of Isis, by Joby Warrick (Doubleday)
  • Music — In for a Penny, In for a Pound, by Henry Threadgill (Pi Recordings)

This year, both winners of the fiction and drama category stood out for not only their achievement but the stories behind their work.

The Sympathizer, by Viet Thanh Nguyen, tells the story of a half-French, half-Vietnamese immigrant who enters America as an unnamed “man of two minds.” While critics sings praises for the novel, the win was a mild surprise to Nguyen. Nguyen expressed how writers of color in the writing industry are encouraged to suppress their true stories and pander to white audiences to achieve success.

“The literary industry and the entire social and cultural system of the United States work to tempt writers of color into writing for white people,” explained Nguyen. “If I had written the book for a white audience, I would have sold it for a lot more money and many more publishers would have been bidding for it.”

Another stand out from the Prizes is the well-known Broadway musical Hamilton by Lin-Manuel Miranda. Miranda’s success does not stop with the Pulitzer — Hamilton was also nominated for 16 Tony Awards, making Tony Award history. However, regarding his Pulitzer win, Miranda was able to summarize the thoughts and feelings of all of the winners in a single tweet.

“Grateful grateful grateful grateful grateful grateful grateful grateful grateful grateful grateful grateful grateful grateful great full,” tweeted Miranda.

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