Daily News, ProPublica win Pulitzer Prize for public service

Pulitzer Prizes announced for excellence in journalism and the arts.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES (APRIL 10, 2017) (REUTERS) – The New York Daily News and ProPublica won the Pulitzer Prize for public service journalism on Monday (April 10) for uncovering the abuse of eviction rules by police that forced mostly poor minorities from their homes, and the Charleston Gazette-Mail won the prize for investigative reporting on the spread of painkillers in West Virginia.

David Fahrenthold of The Washington Post took the national reporting prize for reporting on the Donald Trump campaign for president. Fahrenthold’s reporting “casts doubt on Donald Trump’s assertions of generosity toward charities,” Pulitzer Prize Administrator Mike Pride said.

The Pulitzers are the most prestigious honors in American journalism and have been awarded since 1917.

The New York Times staff won the international reporting prize for articles on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s efforts to project Russia’s power abroad.

The 19-member Pulitzer board is made up of past winners and other distinguished journalists and academics. It chose the winners with the help of 102 jurors.

More than 2,500 entries were submitted this year, competing for 21 prizes in categories ranging from public service and breaking news to commentary, cartooning and photography.

Seven awards recognize fiction, drama, history, biographies, poetry, general nonfiction and music.

The Pulitzers began in 1917 after a bequest from newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer. His will established Columbia University in New York as administrator of the prizes and also bestowed an endowment on the university to establish its School of Journalism.