Pulitzer Prize for Police Coverage in Alaska Villages

NEW YORK: The Anchorage Daily News and ProPublica won the Pulitzer Prize in public service Monday for illuminating poor remote control surveillance, as a belated award ceremony recognized the writing, photos, and, for the first time, audio reports on topics ranging from climate change to the legacy of slavery.

Public service winners contacted 600 towns, tribes, and other local governments and traveled by plane, sled, and snowmobile to reveal that a third of Alaska's rural communities lacked local police protection, among other findings.

The `` fascinating '' series spurred legislative changes and an influx of spending, the judges said in an announcement postponed several weeks and online due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Anchorage Daily News editor David Hulen said the series drew attention to some really serious problems in Alaska that have long needed attention.

There is more to do, and the newspaper will continue to address the issue, he said in a phone interview.

The New York Times won the investigative reporting award for an exhibition of predatory lending in the New York City taxi industry and also received the international reporting award for what the judges called `` fascinating stories, reported with great risk, '' on Russian President Vladimir Putin's government.

The Times also received the commentary award for an essay that Nikole Hannah-Jones wrote as part of the newspaper's ambitious Project 1619, which followed the guidelines of slavery in American life to this day.

Times executive editor Dean Baquet told staff in a virtual meeting that this year's awards were particularly significant because they arise because we are managing our lives with great difficulty even when we produce great journalism.

The Washington Post's work on global warming was recognized for its explanatory reports. The newspaper tracked nearly 170 years of temperature records to show that 10% of the planet's surface has already exceeded a 2-degree Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit) rise during pre-industrial times, the threshold world leaders have agreed they would try to do not exceed.

While the country is now focused on the coronavirus, another global public health crisis is upon us as the world warms up, executive editor Martin Baron said.

Monday's awards recognized reports from last year, before the virus triggered a pandemic.

In a development that recognized how podcasting has brought new attention to reports targeting listeners rather than readers or viewers, a top prize for audio reporting went to This American Life. Los Angeles Times and Vice News for The Out Crowd, a review of the Trump administration's immigration policy of `` staying in Mexico. ''

In another prize for the Los Angeles Times, Christopher Knight won the criticism award for what the judges called extraordinary community service by a critic '' in examining a proposal to overhaul of the L.A. County Museum of Art.

The Courier-Journal staff from Louisville, Kentucky, received the breaking news award for unpacking racial disparities and other problems in a series of governor's pardons.

Two different projects won the national reporting award: ProPublica's look at fatal accidents in the US Navy. USA And The Seattle Times' examination of design flaws in the troubled Boeing 737 MAX aircraft.

ProPublica managing editor Robin Fields said his report `` lays bare the responsibility of top military leaders. ''

The local reporting award went to The Baltimore Sun for shedding light on a previously undisclosed financial relationship between the mayor and the public hospital system, which she helped oversee.

The New Yorker took the reporting award for Ben Taub's piece about a detainee at the US military base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. New York taxpayer Barry Blitt received the editorial cartoon award for work that

skewers the personalities and policies emanating from the Trump White House, as judges saw it.

The Associated Press won the feature film photography award for images taken during India's crackdown in Kashmir, where a radical curfew and the shutdown of phone and internet services added to the challenges of showing the world what was happening. in the region.

AP photographers Dar Yasin, Mukhtar Khan, and Channi Anand walked the obstacles, sometimes taking refuge in strangers' houses and hiding cameras in vegetable bags to capture images of protests, police and paramilitary actions, and everyday life. They then headed to an airport to persuade travelers to take the photo files with them and take them to the AP office in New Delhi.

The courage and compelling storytelling of these journalists show the best of what we do, said AP Executive Editor Sally Buzbee.

Reuters won the breaking news photo award for its coverage of the protests that rocked Hong Kong. Editor-in-Chief Stephen Adler said the photos `` brilliantly captured the scale of the protests. ''

While the mainstream media and collaborations garnered wide acclaim, Little Palestine Herald-Press in East Texas earned a Pulitzer for Jeffery Gerritt editorials on the deaths of inmates awaiting trial.

In the art categories, the Michael R. Jackson musical `` A Strange Loop '' won the drama award. And Colson Whitehead's `` The Nickel Boys '' won the fiction award; He also won in 2017 for `` The Underground Railroad ''.

Pulitzer's board also issued a special quote Monday to pioneering African-American journalist and civil rights activist Ida B. Wells, noting `` her excellent and courageous report '' on lynching.

Wells was a journalist and publisher in the late 1800s and later helped found civil rights groups and women's suffrage; she died in 1931. The board said the appointment comes with a legacy of at least $ 50,000 in support of the Wells mission, with the recipients to be announced.

The initial Pulitzer ceremony, which had been scheduled for April 20, was pushed to give Pulitzer Board members who were busy covering the pandemic more time to evaluate the finalists.

The Pulitzer Prize s in journalism were first awarded in 1917 and are considered the field's most prestigious honor in the U.S.