2015 Pulitzer Prizes Awarded

Joseph Pulitzer

Joseph Pulitzer (Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division)

The best in journalism was honored April 20, 2015, with the awarding of the Pulitzer Prize, journalism’s highest honor.

Awards were given in 14 journalism categories. The public service award — which comes with a prestigious gold medal — is given to a news organization. All other winners receive $10,000 each.

This year, the prizes were expanded for two categories — investigative reporting and feature writing — to include online and print magazines.

The award for public service went to The Post and Courier of Charleston, S.C., for its series on why South Carolina is among the deadliest states for women.

For breaking news reporting, the Pulitzer was awarded to The Seattle Times for its digital account of a local landslide that killed 43 people.

The award for breaking news photography went to the photography staff of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch for its powerful images of the violence and protests in Ferguson, Mo.

Daniel Berehulak, a New York Times freelance photographer, won the award for feature photography for his images of the Ebola epidemic in Africa.

The photography images will be added to the Newseum’s permanent and traveling exhibits of Pulitzer Prize-winning photographs. The exhibit catalog, “The Pulitzer Prize Photographs: Capture the Moment,” showcases the photographs and reveals the stories behind them.

Since 1917, Columbia University has recognized remarkable achievements in journalism, arts and letters, thanks to a bequest from crusading publisher Joseph Pulitzer. In his will, he endowed the university with $2 million for a school of journalism and “prizes or scholarships for the encouragement of public service, public morals, American literature and the advancement of education.”

For a complete list of all the winners, please visit www.pulitzer.org.

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