by: Adreana Young
The 99th annual Pulitzer Prizes were awarded this year on April 20. Twenty-two winners in 21 categories were selected from more than 2,500 submissions after a year-long process. The 14 journalism categories received 1,191 entries, up a bit from last year’s awards, according to Mike Pride, administrator for the Pulitzer Prizes at Columbia University.
For the first time, print and online magazines were invited to submit for the feature writing and investigative reporting categories.
“From my perspective, this was an excellent year for the Pulitzers,” said Pride. “Investigative reporting was strong across several categories. We had more women win prizes than usual. Some smaller papers won.”
Next year will be the 100th year for Pulitzer Prizes. Pride said they have already begun announcing components for a year-long, nationwide centennial celebration, including the Pulitzer Prize Centennial Campfires Initiative, which will launch a $1.5 million national initiative to ignite broad engagement with the journalistic, literary and artistic values they represent.
“We hope potential entrants for the 2016 prizes will read this year’s winners closely,” Pride said. “They are inspiring and instructive, especially in their use of various journalistic tools.”
For a complete list of 2015 Pulitzer Prize winners and finalists, visit pulitzer.org.
The Post and Courier, Charleston, S.C.
Breaking News Reporting
The Seattle Times Staff
Investigative Reporting (two prizes)
Eric Lipton of The New York Times
The Wall Street Journal Staff
Zachary R. Mider of Bloomberg News
Rob Kuznia, Rebecca Kimitch and Frank Suraci of the Daily Breeze, Torrance, Calif.
Carol D. Leonnig of The Washington Post
The New York Times Staff
Diana Marcum of the Los Angeles Times
Lisa Falkenberg of the Houston Chronicle
Mary McNamara of the Los Angeles Times
Kathleen Kingsbury of The Boston Globe
Adam Zyglis of The Buffalo News
Breaking News Photography
St. Louis Post-Dispatch Photography Staff
Daniel Berehulak, freelance photographer, The New York Times