2016 Pulitzer Prizes Awarded

Pulitzer Prize Gold Medal

The iconic Pulitzer Prize Gold Medal is awarded each year to the American news organization that wins the Public Service category. (The Pulitzer Prizes)

The best in journalism was honored April 18, 2016, 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.

The award for public service went to The Associated Press for its series on slave labor abuses in the commercial seafood industry in Indonesia and Thailand.

For breaking news reporting, the Pulitzer was awarded to the staff of the Los Angeles Times for its coverage of the terrorist attack at a regional center in San Bernardino that killed 14 people.

Two prizes were awarded for breaking news photography, both involving the refugee crisis: Mauricio Lima, Sergey Ponomarev, Tyler Hicks and Daniel Etter of The New York Times; and the photography staff of Thompson Reuters.

Jessica Rinaldi, of The Boston Globe, won the award for feature photography.

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.

This year marks the 100th awarding of the coveted honor. During the centennial, the Newseum will update its exclusive Pulitzer Prize Photographs Gallery with new photographs and new ways to experience the stories behind the images. The gallery will close Aug. 1, 2016, and reopen to the public Sept. 16, 2016.

Since January, a portrait of Pulitzer, painted by American artist John Singer Sargent, has been on display in the gallery. The oil-on-canvas portrait — from the collection of Pulitzer’s granddaughter-in-law Emily Rauh Pulitzer — is on loan to the Newseum throughout 2016.

Columbia University has recognized remarkable achievements in journalism, arts and letters since 1917, thanks to a bequest from the crusading publisher. In his will, Pulitzer 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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