The South Florida Sun Sentinel
The Sun Sentinel’s sweeping coverage of the causes and consequences of the deadly mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., shaped the national gun safety debate and prompted changes in local policies. The paper addressed a culture of leniency at Broward County schools, blunders by the sheriff’s office in responding to the attack and attempts by officials to mask their failures.
Finalists ProPublica, The Washington Post
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Staff of The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
“I don’t think there’s a single person on the staff who didn’t contribute” to covering the shooting deaths of 11 worshippers at the Tree of Life synagogue, said Keith Burris, the paper’s executive editor. A visceral account of the attack began with the first words of the Mourners’ Kaddish, a Jewish prayer for the dead, rendered in Hebrew. Other articles examined the victims’ lives, the harrowing experiences of survivors and the quick reactions of 911 center workers.
Finalists The Chico Enterprise-Record; South Florida Sun Sentinel
Matt Hamilton, Harriet Ryan and Paul Pringle
of The Los Angeles Times
Finalists David Barstow, Susanne Craig and Russ Buettner of The New York Times; Kathleen McGrory and Neil Beid of The Tampa Bay Times
David Barstow, Susanne Craig and Russ Buettner
of The New York Times
Finalists Kyra Gurney, Nicholas Nehamas, Jay Weaver and Jim Wyss of The Miami Herald; Aaron Glanz and Emmanuel Martinez of Reveal/The Center for Investigative Reporting; Staff of The Washington Post
Staff of The Advocate, Baton Rouge, La.
Finalists Barbara Laker, Wendy Ruderman, Dylan Purcell and Jessica Griffin of The Philadelphia Inquirer; Brandon Stahl, Jennifer Bjorhus, MaryJo Webster and Renée Jones Schneider of the Star Tribune of Minneapolis, Minn.
Staff of The Wall Street Journal
Finalists Staff of Associated Press; Staff of The New York Times with contributions from Carole Cadwalladr of The Guardian/The Observer
Maggie Michael, Maad al-Zikry and Nariman El-Mofty
of Associated Press; Staff of Reuters, with notable contributions from Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo
Finalist Rukmini Callimachi of The New York Times
Hannah Dreier of ProPublica
Finalists Deanna Pan and Jennifer Berry Hawes of The Post and Courier, Charleston, S.C., and Elizabeth Bruenig of The Washington Post
Tony Messenger of The St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Finalists Caitlin Flanagan of The Atlantic; Melinda Henneberger of The Kansas City Star
Carlos Lozada of The Washington Post
Finalists Manohla Dargis of The New York Times; Jill Lepore of The New Yorker
Brent Staples of The New York Times
Mr. Staples, a member of The Times’s editorial board, was cited for his writing on racial justice and culture, including pieces about how the suffrage movement betrayed black women, Southern newspapers’ role in lynchings and the Afrofuturism behind the movie “Black Panther.”
In a collection of his work published on Monday, The Times wrote that Mr. Staples, 67, “has sought to correct the parts of the national narrative on race that have been sanitized and distorted.”
Finalists The editorial board of The Advocate in Baton Rouge, La., and the editorial board of The Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Md.
Darrin Bell, freelancer
Finalists Ken Fisher, freelancer, Rob Rogers, freelancer
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Photography Staff of Reuters
Finalists Noah Berger, John Locher and Ringo H.W. Chiu of Associated Press; Staff of Associated Press
Lorenzo Tugnoli of The Washington Post
Finalists Craig F. Walker of The Boston Globe; Maggie Steber and Lynn Johnson of National Geographic
The Overstory by Richard Powers (W.W. Norton)
Finalists “The Great Believers,” by Rebecca Makkai (Viking Books); “There There,” by Tommy Orange (Alfred A. Knopf)
Fairview by Jackie Sibblies Drury
Ms. Drury’s daring and dazzling play appears at first to be a family comedy, but masterfully subverts expectations with a head-spinning, and audience-challenging, shift in content and form that forces theatergoers to think in new ways about race and the white gaze. Ms. Drury, 37, debuted the work last year at Soho Rep; it will return in June at Theater for a New Audience.
Finalists “Dance Nation,” by Claire Barron; “What the Constitution Means to Me,” by Heidi Schreck.
Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom by David W. Blight (Simon & Schuster)
Finalists “Civilizing Torture: An American Tradition,” by W. Fitzhugh Brundage (Harvard University Press); “American Eden: David Hosack, Botany, and Medicine in the Garden of the Early Republic,” by Victoria Johnson (Liveright/W.W. Norton).
The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke by Jeffrey C. Stewart (Oxford University Press)
Finalists “The Road Not Taken: Edward Lansdale and the American Tragedy in Vietnam,” by Max Boot (Liveright/W.W. Norton), and “Proust’s Duchess: How Three Celebrated Women Captured the Imagination of Fin-de-Siècle Paris,” by Caroline Weber (Alfred A. Knopf).
Be With by Forrest Gander (New Directions)
Finalists “feeld,” by jos charles (Milkweed); “Like,” by A. E. Stallings (Farrar, Straus and Giroux).
Amity and Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing of America by Eliza Griswold (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
Finalists “Rising: Dispatches From the New American Shore,” by Elizabeth Rush (Milkweed); “In a Day’s Work,” by Bernice Yeung (The New Press).
“prism” by Ellen Reid, premiered by the Los Angeles Opera on Nov. 29, 2018
In this haunting opera, a mother and daughter grapple with trauma and guilt after a sexual assault. The Pulitzer board praised the way Ms. Reid, 36, uses “sophisticated vocal writing and striking instrumental timbres to confront difficult subject matter: the effects of sexual and emotional abuse.” In his review in The Times, Zachary Woolfe praised Ms. Reid’s score as “disconcertingly sweet without being syrupy.” Roxie Perkins wrote the elliptical, poetic libretto.
Finalists “Sustain,” by Andrew Norman, premiered by the Los Angeles Philharmonic (Schott Music), and “Still,” by James Romig, released by New World Records.
The Capital Gazette, Annapolis, Md.
When the “Queen of Soul” died last year at 76, she had won 18 Grammy Awards and placed more than 100 singles on the Billboard charts (“Respect” and “Think” among them). The Pulitzer board recognized Franklin, who bridged gospel traditions with secular music, “for her indelible contribution to American music and culture for more than five decades.” In receiving the posthumous honor, she joins such other popular music titans as Hank Williams (2010) and Duke Ellington (1999).