NEW YORK (AP) — Joshua Cohen’s “The Netanyahus” has won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
The work is a comically rigorous campus novel based on the true story of former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s father looking for a job in academia.
The late artist Winfred Rembert won in biography for “Chasing Me to My Grave: An Artist’s Memoir of the Jim Crow South,” as Erin I. Kelly put it.
Andrea Elliott’s “Invisible Child: Poverty, Survival, and Hope in an American City,” which builds on her New York Times investigative series about a homeless black girl in Brooklyn, won a Pulitzer for non- general fiction.
Two history awards were presented Monday: “Covered with Night: A Story of Murder and Indigenous Justice in Early America” by Nicole Eustace and “Cuba: An American History” by Ada Ferrer.
Diane Seuss won in poetry for “frank: sonnets” and Monday’s music prize went to Raven Chacon for her composition for organ and ensemble, “Voiceless Mass.”
James Ijames won the drama award for ‘Fat Ham’.
A collaboration between the Chicago Tribune and the Better Government Association on fire safety regulatory issues in the city received the Pulitzer for local reporting.
“Deadly Fires, Broken Promises” details city ordinances that are routinely ignored, such as one passed after a fire killed four children in 2014, which imposed fines on homeowners who violate smoke detector bylaws.
The Tribune’s Cecilia Reyes and the BGA watchdog’s Madison Hopkins found that fires killed 61 Chicagoans from 2014 to 2019 at buildings where the city was warned of safety issues but failed to address them from adequately.
Reporters found that many of these fires occurred in low-income minority neighborhoods.
The New York Times received Pulitzer International Reporting for a series of stories about US airstrikes in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan and targeting failures that resulted in civilian deaths.
The newspaper staff found faulty information, faulty targeting and very little accountability and disputed official accounts of the strikes, including the one that killed an aid worker and his family members in Afghanistan.
The Times used the US Public Records Act to obtain more than 1,300 credibility assessments from the Pentagon on drone strikes that took place between September 2014 and January 2018.
The Tampa Bay Times won the Pulitzer Investigative Report for its series of stories about the exposure of workers and nearby residents to dangerous levels of lead at a battery recycling plant.
The three-part “Poisoned” series, by Corey G. Johnson, Rebecca Woolington and Eli Murray, documented how hundreds of Gopher Resource workers were put at risk when they extracted lead from used car batteries, l melted it down and turned it into blocks of metal to sell.
The reports detailed the company’s use of inadequate equipment and ventilation in a building where systems designed to capture chemicals were either turned off or dismantled entirely.
The newspaper also obtained documents documenting a pollution pattern dating back to the 1960s and showing the plant had pumped more lead into the air than any other plant in Florida in the past two decades. He also found that polluted water was being dumped into the Palm River, excessive levels of chemicals were being sent to Tampa’s sewer system, and hazardous waste was being mishandled.
Prompted by the report, county regulators’ investigation revealed more than two dozen possible violations.
The Pulitzer Prizes are set Monday to honor the best journalism in a tumultuous year that has seen an insurgency, the frenzied end of America’s longest war and the fallout from the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and catastrophic climate change.
Winners in 15 journalism categories and seven arts categories were to be announced Monday afternoon at Columbia University, which administers the awards. This year’s Pulitzers recognize work done in 2021.
The Pulitzers are considered the most prestigious honor in American journalism. Winners in each category receive a $15,000 prize, except for the Public Service Award, which comes with a gold medal.
The awards were established in the will of newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer and first awarded in 1917.
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