Trump investigations and gun coverage shine in 2019 Pulitzer Prizes

Aretha Franklin performs at the House of Blues in Los Angeles

Aretha Franklin performs at the House of Blues in Los Angeles

The 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Drama has been awarded to Jackie Sibblies Drury for her work Fairview.

The Pulitzer Prize board awarded the Capital Gazette a special citation Monday for their response to the shooting.

Before Monday, only 41 special citation prizes had been awarded since 1930, and winners have ranged from individual people to organizations and groups, including the New York Times, writers E.B. White, Alex Haley and Kenneth Roberts, and Columbia University and its Graduate School of Journalism.

Novelist Richard Powers won the fiction prize for The Overstory, a multi-narrative look at nine Americans who are brought together unfolding natural catastrophe; while David W Blight picked up the history prize for his acclaimed biography of Frederick Douglas, the escaped slave who became a leader of the abolitionist movement. Franklin and the Capital Gazette newspaper received special citation honors this year.

Franklin, who died last summer, is the first woman singled out for an honorary Pulitzer, which has been given to Bob Dylan and John Coltrane, among others.

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Meanwhile, reporters from the Associated Press and Wall Street Journal were honored in the worldwide reporting sections for their coverage of a war in Yemen and a murder in Myanmar, respectively.

As a result of the work by reporter Maggie Michael, photographer Nariman El-Mofty and video journalist Maad al-Zikry, at least 80 prisoners were released from secret detention sites, and the United Nations rushed food and medicine to areas where the AP revealed that people were starving while corrupt officials diverted worldwide food aid.

The massive New York Times investigation from last October, laid out in an article headlined "Trump Engaged in Suspect Tax Schemes as He Reaped Riches From His Father", was honored with the Pulitzer for Explanatory Reporting.

Reporter Maggie Michael, photographer Nariman El-Mofty and videographer Maad al-Zikry spent a year uncovering atrocities and suffering in Yemen.

Reuters was also recognized for global reporting for covering the brutal crackdown on Rohingya Muslims by security forces in Buddhist-majority Myanmar. Their supporters say the two were framed in retaliation for their reporting.

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Fairview played sold-out runs at Soho Rep, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, and Theatre for a New Audience.

"Fairview", by Brooklyn-based playwright Drury, was honored in the drama category.

The poetry prize was won by Forrest Gander for 'Be With'.

Reid's opera, "prism", premiered in November as part of Los Angeles Opera's Off Grand series for experimental works. Notes slide into one another as if guided by a secret force.

Monday's wins by the Times and The Wall Street Journal may provoke further ire from the president, who recently suggested the Times and The Washington Post should be stripped of the Pulitzers they won a year ago for coverage of Russian meddling in the 2016 USA presidential election.

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Winners of the public service award receive a gold medal.

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