Washington Post reporter David Fahrenthold, whom President Donald Trump called a “nasty guy” for doggedly investigating his dubious charity foundation claims, won the Pulitzer Prize on Monday for national reporting.
Fahrenthold not only pored over documents and called hundreds of organizations while reporting on the president’s charitable foundation during the 2016 campaign, but he brought readers real-time social media updates and turned to them for additional tips. In October, Fahrenthold also broke the news that Trump boasted about groping women in an unearthed “Access Hollywood” outtake.
The New York Times took home the most awards, winning prizes for its reporting on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s efforts to extend power abroad (international) and C.J. Chivers’ profile of a Marine veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder (feature writing). Daniel Berehulak, a freelance photographer, won the breaking news photography prize for his coverage in the Times of the Philippines government’s brutal anti-drug crackdown.
The New York Daily News and nonprofit investigative journalism organization ProPublica won the public service award for reporting on eviction rules in New York City that disproportionately affected minority residents. The Pulitzer Board specifically highlighted the work of reporter Sarah Ryley, who recently left the Daily News for The Trace.
The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, McClatchy and The Miami Herald won the explanatory award for reporting on the “Panama Papers,” a collaborative reporting effort that included over 100 media outlets around the world. More than 300 journalists investigated a massive leak of documents from a Panama-based law firm and revealed how major corporations and global leaders us this tax haven to hide their money.
Full winners below.
Public Service: New York Daily News and ProPublica
Breaking News Reporting: Staff of the East Bay Times
Investigative Reporting: Eric Eyre of the Charleston Gazette-Mail
Explanatory Reporting: International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, McClatchy and the Miami Herald
Local Reporting: The Salt Lake Tribune Staff
National Reporting: David Fahrenthold of The Washington Post
International Reporting: Staff of The New York Times
Feature Writing: C.J. Chivers of The New York Times
Commentary: Peggy Noonan of The Wall Street Journal
Criticism: Hilton Als of The New Yorker
Editorial Writing: Art Cullen of The Storm Lake Times, Storm Lake, Iowa
Editorial Cartooning: Jim Morin of Miami Herald
Breaking News Photography: Daniel Berehulak, freelance photographer, for work in The New York Times
Feature Photography: E. Jason Wambsgans of Chicago Tribune
LETTERS AND DRAMA
Fiction: The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead
Drama: Sweat, by Lynn Nottage
History: Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy, by Heather Ann Thompson
Biography: The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between, by Hisham Matar
Poetry: Olio, by Tyehimba Jess (Wave Books)
General Nonfiction: Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, by Matthew Desmond (Crown)
Music: Angel’s Bone, by Du Yun
This article has been updated with more details about the winners.