On April 15, the Pulitzer Prize Board announced the winners of the 2019 Pulitzer Prizes. Pulitzer Administrator Dana Canedy gave opening remarks and presented the 103rd class of Pulitzer Prize honorees from Columbia University in New York.
“There was so much extraordinary work submitted,” Canedy told Poynter. “Even in a year when journalism is yet again under relentless assault, including from the highest office in the land, and when the security threats remain high for journalists simply seeking to do their jobs.”
Before announcing 2019’s award winners, Canedy broke with tradition to “offer [her] sincere admiration for an entry that did not win, but should all give us hope for the future of journalism in this great democracy,” acknowledging the staff of The Eagle Eye student newspaper at Marjory Stoneman Douglas (MSD) High School in Parkland, Fla. The publication “submitted the obituaries of 17 coaches and classmates” who lost their lives during a tragic shooting at the high school last year. In March 2018, five MSD students participated in a panel discussion at the Newseum to share their experiences as witnesses to the school shooting and as student journalists covering the events.
The Newseum congratulates the winners of the 2019 Pulitzer Prizes in journalism. Honorees for feature and breaking news photography included staff at Reuters for “a vivid and startling visual narrative of the urgency, desperation and sadness of migrants as they journey to the U.S. from Central and South America,” as well as award winner Lorenzo Tugnoli of The Washington Post “for brilliant photo story telling of the tragic famine in Yemen.”
In May, the Newseum will update its Pulitzer Prize Photographs Gallery to highlight the 2019 feature and breaking news photography prize winners.
Outside of these categories, other impactful honorees included the staff of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette for breaking news “coverage of the massacre at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life Synagogue that captured the anguish and resilience of a community thrust into grief.” Senior scholars at the Freedom Forum Institute’s Religious Freedom Center followed the conversation about this tragic loss of life during and following the powerful news coverage.
Additionally, the Pulitzer Prize Board awarded a special citation to the Capital Gazette of Annapolis, Md., “honoring its journalists, staff and editorial board for their courageous response to the largest killing of journalists in U.S. history.” The citation includes a $100,000 bequest by the Pulitzer Board “to be used to further the newspaper’s journalistic mission.”
Learn more about all of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize winners here.