Centennial Kickoff for 2016 Pulitzer Prize Winners

Pulitzer Centennial

The Pulitzer Centennial kick-off for prize winners was hosted by the Newseum, the Washington Post and the Library of Congress on Jan, 28, 2016, in Washington, DC. (Maria Bryk/Newseum)

To mark the 100-year anniversary of the Pulitzer Prizes, the Newseum hosted an invitation-only reception Jan. 28 for prize winners in all categories. Throughout the year, Pulitzer winners will host special events around the country to commemorate the prizes, which were established at Columbia University in 1917 to honor excellence in journalism and the arts.

During the evening, NPR’s Scott Simon moderated a panel discussion that included photographers Nick Ut and David Hume Kennerly, and reporters Peter Arnett and Neil Sheehan — all of whom won Pulitzers for their coverage of the Vietnam War.

Kennerly talked about the power of photography during wartime. Simon drew a comparison between Ut’s 1972 prize-winning photo of the “Napalm Girl” and the photo of a Syrian boy whose body washed ashore a beach in Turkey in 2015.

More than 300 Pulitzer winners got together for a group photo in the largest gathering of Pulitzer winners in history.

Follow the yearlong centennial events on Twitter at #Pulitzer100.

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