The 2017 Pulitzer Prizes were awarded by the Pulitzer Prize Board for work during the 2016 calendar year. Prize winners and nominated finalists were announced by Mike Pride at 3:00 p.m. EST April 10, 2017.
New York Daily News and ProPublica "for uncovering, primarily through the work of reporter Sarah Ryley, widespread abuse of eviction rules by the police to oust hundreds of people, most of them poor minorities."
Houston Chronicle "for exposing the grave injustice of arbitrary cost-cutting by the State of Texas that denied tutoring, counseling and other vital special education services to families, hindering the futures of tens of thousands of children."
Chicago Tribune "for innovative and superbly written and illustrated reporting that not only checked perilous practices by pharmacies in dispensing prescription drugs but also prevented harm from happening in the first place."
East Bay Times staff "for relentless coverage of the “Ghost Ship” fire, which killed 36 people at a warehouse party, and for reporting after the tragedy that exposed the city’s failure to take actions that might have prevented it."
The Dallas Morning News staff "for keeping readers informed during a chaotic shooting spree that killed five police officers and injured nine others and delivering timely, vivid and heartbreaking accounts of the horrific night."
Eric Eyre of the Charleston Gazette-Mail "for courageous reporting, performed in the face of powerful opposition, to expose the flood of opioids flowing into depressed West Virginia counties with the highest overdose death rates in the country."
Michael J. Berens and Patricia Callahan of Chicago Tribune "for breaking through a wall of secrecy for a gripping series that documented official neglect and uncovered wholesale abuse and 42 deaths at Illinois group homes for developmentally disabled adults.."
Steve Reilly of USA Today "for a far-reaching investigation that used two ambitious data-gathering efforts to turn up 9,000 teachers across the nation who should have been flagged for past disciplinary offenses but were not."
Joan Garrett McClane and Joy Lukachick Smith of Chattanooga Times Free Press "for an examination of the income inequality hiding behind Chattanooga’s rise as the shining star of the South – reporting that combined data, research and human stories to render a full picture of poverty."
Julia Angwin, Jeff Larson, Surya Mattu, Lauren Kirchner and Terry Parris Jr. of ProPublica "for a rigorous examination that used data journalism and lucid writing to make tangible the abstract world of algorithms and how they shape our lives in realms as disparate as criminal justice, online shopping and social media."
Staff of National Geographic "for a deep and sensitive exploration of gender worldwide, using remarkable photography, moving video and clear writing to illuminate a subject that is at once familiar and misunderstood. "
Jenna Russell, Maria Cramer, Michael Rezendes, Todd Wallack and Scott Helman of The Boston Globe "for a revelatory look at how the closing of psychiatric hospitals left many seriously mentally ill people a danger to themselves and their loved ones and led them into deadly encounters with the police."
Michael Schwirtz, Michael Winerip and Robert Gebeloff of The New York Times "for analyzing nearly 60,000 discipline cases and parole decisions to show that minority inmates in New York state prisons were punished at a far higher rate than white inmates."
Renee Dudley, Steve Stecklow, Alexandra Harney and other members of the Reuters Staff "for uncovering a U.S. college admissions process corrupted by systematic cheating on standardized tests in Asia and the complicity of American officials eager to cash in on full-tuition foreign students."
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Staff "for an extraordinary series revealing the prevalence of sexual misconduct by doctors in Georgia and across the nation, many of whom continued to practice after their offenses were discovered."
Chris Hamby of BuzzFeed News "for an exposé of a dispute-settlement process used by multinational corporations to undermine domestic regulations and gut environmental laws at the expense of poorer nations."
The Wall Street Journal Staff "for clear and persistent coverage that shaped the world’s understanding of dramatic events in Turkey as that nation careened from a promising democracy to a near-autocracy."
C. J. Chivers of The New York Times "for showing, through an artful accumulation of fact and detail, that a Marine’s postwar descent into violence reflected neither the actions of a simple criminal nor a stereotypical case of PTSD."
Adam Entous and Devlin Barrett of The Wall Street Journal "for “The Last Diplomat,” a multilayered thriller that took readers inside the rarely seen intersection of diplomacy and national security, telling the story of one woman’s professional ruin after years of service to her country."
Eli Saslow of The Washington Post "for a nuanced and empathetic portrait of America created through human stories that chronicled the fissures, resentments, failures and disappointments that marked a divided and restive body politic."
Peggy Noonan of The Wall Street Journal "for rising to the moment with beautifully rendered columns that connected readers to the shared virtues of Americans during one of the nation’s most divisive political campaigns."
Dahleen Glanton of Chicago Tribune "for bold, clear columns by a writer who cast aside sacred cows and conventional wisdom to speak powerfully and passionately about politics and race in Chicago and beyond."
Trudy Rubin of Philadelphia Media Network "for eloquent commentary written in world hotspots from Molenbeek near Brussels to the chancelleries of Beijing, reminding Americans of the importance of the foreign beat during a year when their tendency was to turn inward."
Hilton Als of The New Yorker "for bold and original reviews that strove to put stage dramas within a real-world cultural context, particularly the shifting landscape of gender, sexuality and race."
Laura Reiley of Tampa Bay Times "for lively restaurant reviews, including a series that took on the false claims of the farm-to-table movement and prompted statewide investigations."
Ty Burr of The Boston Globe "for a wide range of finely cut reviews of films and other cultural topics written with wit, deep sensibility and a refreshing lack of pretension."
Art Cullen of The Storm Lake Times "for editorials fueled by tenacious reporting, impressive expertise and engaging writing that successfully challenged powerful corporate agricultural interests in Iowa."
Daniel Berehulak, freelance photographer "for powerful storytelling through images published in The New York Times showing the callous disregard for human life in the Philippines brought about by a government assault on drug dealers and users."
Jonathan Bachman, freelance photographer "for an iconic image, published by Reuters, of one woman’s simple but stout-hearted stand during a protest in Baton Rouge over the shooting by the police of a 37-year-old black man."
Photography Staff of the Associated Press "for jarring images that vividly reminded readers that the people of Iraq still live with the horrors of a war that many Americans have forgotten."
Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy by Heather Ann Thompson, "a narrative history that sets high standards for scholarly judgment and tenacity of inquiry in seeking the truth about the 1971 Attica prison riots."
Brothers at Arms: American Independence and the Men of France and Spain Who Saved It by Larrie Ferreiro, "a book that, with flair and insight, casts the American Revolution in the fresh light of its proper context in international history."
New England Bound: Slavery and Colonization in Early America by Wendy Warren, "a groundbreaking study that alters our view of history by showing how deeply embedded slavery became in 17th-century northern colonies."
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, by Matthew Desmond, "a deeply researched exposé that showed how mass evictions after the 2008 economic crash were less a consequence than a cause of poverty."
In a Different Key: The Story of Autism by John Donvan and Caren Zucker, "a passionate work of advocacy that traces public perceptions about autism from chillingly cruel beginnings to a kinder but still troubling present."
The Politics of Mourning: Death and Honor in Arlington National Cemetery by Micki McElya, "a luminous investigation of how policies and practices at Arlington National Cemetery have mirrored the nation’s fierce battles over race, politics, honor and loyalty."