NEW YORK (AP) — A Reuters photographer who was killed while covering fighting in Afghanistan was part of a crew that flew the Pulitzer home for photo reporting.
Dane Siddiqui and his colleagues Adnan Abidi, Sanna Irshad Mattoo and Amit Dave won for images depicting the toll of the COVID-19 pandemic in India.
Their work, which was moved from the Breaking Photography category by the judges, “balanced intimacy and devastation, while providing viewers with a heightened sense of place,” the panel wrote.
Siddiqui, 38, had been integrated into Afghan special forces in July and was killed as the commando unit fought for control of a border crossing between southern Afghanistan and Pakistan.
The Pulitzer Prizes announced their winners on Monday after a tumultuous year that saw an insurgency, the frenzied end of America’s longest war and the fallout from the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and catastrophic climate change.
The awards included 15 journalism categories and seven arts categories. Each winner received a $15,000 prize, except for the Public Service Award – given to The Washington Post this year – which comes with a gold medal. The Pulitzer was first awarded in 1917 and is considered America’s most prestigious journalism award.
The Pulitzer Board awarded a special citation to Ukrainian journalists.
The board recognized those in their home countries covering the ongoing crisis that began earlier this year for “their courage, endurance and commitment to providing truthful reporting during the ruthless invasion. of Vladimir Putin in their country and his propaganda war in Russia”.
The council said the reports provided an accurate picture of the situation in the country and brought honor to both Ukraine and journalists around the world.
The New York Times received the Pulitzer for National Reporting for its work documenting how routine traffic stops ended in the deaths of hundreds of people, many of them black.
The newspaper’s investigation found that in the previous five years, 400 unarmed drivers or passengers not prosecuted for a violent crime had been killed by police.
The report found that only five officers were convicted of crimes in the killings, while governments paid at least $125 million to resolve civil actions such as wrongful death lawsuits.
The Times reported that it reviewed video and audio recordings, prosecutor statements and court documents to find patterns of questionable police conduct.
“This is an example of data journalism so thorough that it turns long-held suspicions into facts,” the panel said.
Navajo Nation composer, performer and installation artist Raven Chacon won a Pulitzer Prize in Music for her composition, “Voiceless Mass.”
Chacon’s work is currently on display at the Whitney Biennale, which is inspired by the pipeline protesters at Oceti Sakowin’s camp near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota.
His 2020 opera, “Sweet Land,” co-composed with Du Yun, was performed outdoors at Los Angeles State Historic Park and received critical acclaim for its revisionist retelling of American history using different stories simultaneously. The opera received the Music Critics Association of North America’s Best Opera Award for 2021.
Chacon has mentored hundreds of Native high school composers in writing string quartets through the Native American Composer Apprenticeship Project since 2004.
The Washington Post received the Pulitzer of Public Service for its extensive interactive coverage of the January 6, 2021, uprising at the United States Capitol.
The Post’s reporting revealed numerous problems and failures in the political and security systems before, during and after the insurgency. Among the most significant, law enforcement officials have failed to respond urgently to warnings of potential violence; President Donald Trump resisted calls from many advisers to urge crowds to disperse for three hours, and officials in at least 17 states received hundreds of threats. Many of those threats were centered in states where Trump contested election results.
The newspaper said its reporting on the preparations for the attack, the riot itself and the aftermath was based on interviews with more than 230 people, thousands of pages of court documents and internal reports from security forces. ‘order and hundreds of videos, photographs and audio clips. .
The Miami Herald got the Pulitzer Breaking News for its coverage of the June 24, 2021 collapse of a 12-story beachfront condominium tower in Surfside, Florida.
Ninety-eight people were killed in the early morning partial collapse of the Champlain South Towers, a disaster that triggered a massive search and rescue effort.
The Herald was cited by the Pulitzer panel for “urgent but sweeping” coverage, which it said was achieved “by merging clear, compassionate writing with comprehensive information and accountability reporting”.
This report included details of the rescue efforts and interviews with witnesses, survivors, family members and friends searching for loved ones at the scene. It also included building history, repairs, and the building code recertification process.
“As a newsroom, we have poured our hearts into breaking news and continued daily coverage, and subsequent investigative coverage, of the story of the Champlain Towers South condominium collapse,” wrote Monica Richardson, editor of the Miami Herald, in a statement. “It was our story to tell because the people and families of Surfside who were affected by this unthinkable tragedy are part of our community.”
Joshua Cohen’s ‘The Netanyahus’ 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.