List of Pulitzer Prizes awarded to The New York Times

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The medal for the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. Staff members at The New York Times have won the Pulitzer for Public Service on six occasions.

The New York Times has won 132 Pulitzer Prizes. It won its first award in 1918, and has since won more Pulitzer prizes than any other organization.[1]

The Pulitzer Prize is a prize awarded within the United States for excellence in journalism in a range of categories. First awarded in 1917, prizes have been awarded every year since, though not in every category. News organizations submit work, or series of works, for consideration to a 19-member board, which is composed of editors, columnists, media executives, artists, as well as academic administrators from Columbia University, which administers the prize.[2]

1910s[edit]

  • 1918: The New York Times, for Public Service, specifically for expansive coverage of World War I, including publishing the full text of "official reports, documents and speeches by European statesmen relating to the progress and conduct of the war."[3]

1920s[edit]

1930s[edit]

1940s[edit]

  • 1940: Otto D. Tolischus, in Correspondence, for articles from Berlin explaining the economic and ideological background of war-engaged Nazi Germany.[16]
  • 1941: The New York Times, with a Special Citation, for the "public educational value" of its foreign news reporting, "exemplified," according to the Pulitzer Board, "by its scope, by excellence of writing and presentation and supplementary background information, illustration, and interpretation".[17]
  • 1942: Louis Stark, in Telegraphic Reporting (National), for reporting of "important labor stories" during the year.[18]
  • 1943: Hanson W. Baldwin, in Correspondence, for a series of articles reporting a wartime tour of the Southwest Pacific.[19]
  • 1944: The New York Times, in Public Service (described by the Prize Board as "for the most disinterested and meritorious public service rendered by any American newspaper during the year"), for a survey of the teaching of American history.[20]
  • 1945: James ("Scotty") Reston, in Telegraphic Reporting (National), for his coverage of the Dumbarton Oaks Conference in Washington, D.C., particularly an exclusive series that detailed how the delegates planned to set up the United Nations.[21]
  • 1946: William L. Laurence, in Reporting, for his eyewitness account of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki and other articles on the "development, production, and significance" of the atomic bomb.[22]
  • 1946: Arnaldo Cortesi, in Correspondence, for his reports from Buenos Aires in 1945.[22]
  • 1947: Brooks Atkinson, in Correspondence, for his series of articles on Russia in 1946.[23]
  • 1949: C. P. Trussell, in National Reporting, for "consistent excellence in covering the national scene from Washington".[24]

1950s[edit]

  • 1950: Meyer Berger, in Local Reporting, for an article on the killing of 13 people by a berserk gunman in Camden, New Jersey.[25]
  • 1951: Arthur Krock, with a Special Citation, for his exclusive interview with President Harry S. Truman in 1950, which revealed he did not intend to run for a third term. At the time Krock published his work (in 1950), he was a member of the Pulitzer Board. The Board noted in this 1951 award that, as a policy, it "does not make any award to an individual member of the Board"; instead, they issued no award in the National Reporting category in 1950, and awarded Krock this special award in 1951.[26] It was the second time (following his 1938 Pulitzer Prize) that Krock had won the Prize for an exclusive interview with a sitting president—which was exceedingly rare and a contravention of unwritten rules of engagement between a President and the press pool. At the time, it was viewed as a scandal among the White House press.[15]
  • 1951: Cyrus L. Sulzberger, with a Special Award, for his interview with Archbishop Stepinac of Yugoslavia.[26]
  • 1952: Anthony H. Leviero, in National Reporting, for an exclusive article he wrote disclosing the record of conversations between President Harry S. Truman and General of the Army Douglas MacArthur at their Wake Island Conference in 1950, where they discussed the progress of the Korean War.[27]
  • 1953: The New York Times, with a Special Citation, for its "Review of the Week" section (credited as being edited by Lester Markel) which the Board said, "for seventeen years has brought enlightenment and intelligent commentary to its readers."[28]
  • 1955: Harrison E. Salisbury, in International Reporting, for a series based on his six years in Russia.[29]
  • 1956: Arthur Daley, in Local Reporting (no edition time) for his sports column, "Sports of The Times."[30]
  • 1957: James ("Scotty") Reston, in National Correspondence, for "his five-part analysis of the effect of President Eisenhower's illness on the functioning of the executive branch of the federal government".[31]
  • 1958: Staff of The New York Times, in International Reporting. The Board noted in particular The Times' "initiative, continuity, and high quality".[32]

1960s[edit]

1970s[edit]

1980s[edit]

1990s[edit]

2000s[edit]

  • 2001: David Cay Johnston, in Beat Reporting, for his "penetrating and enterprising reporting that exposed loopholes and inequities in the U.S. tax code, which was instrumental in bringing about reforms."
  • 2001: Staff of The New York Times, in National Reporting, for its "compelling and memorable series exploring racial experiences and attitudes across contemporary America."
  • 2002: The New York Times, in Public Service, for "A Nation Challenged," a daily special section covering the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks, the war in Afghanistan and America's campaign against terrorism. The section, which included biographical sketches of the victims, also appeared online
  • 2002: Staff of The New York Times, in Breaking News Reporting, for its "comprehensive and insightful coverage, executed under the most difficult circumstances, of the terrorist attack on New York City, which recounted the day's events and their implications for the future."
  • 2002: Staff of The New York Times, in Explanatory Reporting, for its "informed and detailed reporting ... that profiled the global terrorism network and the threats it posed."
  • 2002: Gretchen Morgenson, in Beat Reporting, for her "trenchant and incisive Wall Street coverage."
  • 2002: Barry Bearak, in International Reporting, for his "deeply affecting and illuminating coverage of daily life in war-torn Afghanistan."
  • 2002: Thomas Friedman, in Commentary, for his "clarity of vision, based on extensive reporting, in commenting on the worldwide impact of the terrorist threat."
  • 2002: Staff of The New York Times, for its "consistently outstanding photographic coverage of the terrorist attack on New York City and its aftermath."
  • 2002: Staff of The New York Times, for its "photographs chronicling the pain and the perseverance of people enduring protracted conflict in Afghanistan and Pakistan."
  • 2003: Clifford J. Levy, for investigative reporting, for his "Broken Homes" series that exposed the abuse of mentally ill adults in state-regulated homes.
  • 2004: The New York Times, for public service, for its series written by David Barstow and Lowell Bergman that examined death and injury among American workers and exposed employers who break basic safety rules.
  • 2005: Walt Bogdanich, for national reporting, for his investigative series about the corporate cover-up of responsibility for fatal accidents at railway crossings.
  • 2006: Nicholas D. Kristof for commentary on bringing the genocide in Darfur to the world's attention
  • 2006: Joseph Kahn and Jim Yardley for international reporting for their examination of China's legal system
  • 2006: James Risen and Eric Lichtblau for national reporting for their coverage of the United States' government's secret eavesdropping program.
  • 2007: Andrea Elliott for feature writing for coverage of an immigrant imam striving to serve his faithful in America.
  • 2008: Amy Harmon for explanatory reporting on the social impact of genetic tests
  • 2008: Walt Bogdanich and Jake Hooker for investigative reporting on how contaminated ingredients from China make their way into consumer goods, including medicine.
  • 2009: David Barstow for his tenacious reporting that revealed how some retired generals, working as radio and television analysts, had been co-opted by the Pentagon to make its case for the war in Iraq, and how many of them also had undisclosed ties to companies that benefited from policies they defended.
  • 2009: Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Reporting "for its swift and sweeping coverage of a sex scandal that resulted in the resignation of Gov. Eliot Spitzer, breaking the story on its Web site and then developing it with authoritative, rapid-fire reports."

2010s[edit]

  • 2010: Michael Moss, in Explanatory Reporting, for an investigative feature on food safety (e.g., contaminated meat)
  • 2010: Matt Richtel, in National Reporting, for a series on the dangers of distracted driving
  • 2010: Sheri Fink of ProPublica in collaboration with The New York Times Magazine, in Investigative Reporting, for "The Deadly Choices At Memorial" about Hurricane Katrina survivors (award shared with the Philadelphia Daily News).[54][55]
  • 2011: Clifford J. Levy and Ellen Barry, in International Reporting, for their "Above the Law" series, which examined abuse of power in Russia, showing how authorities had jailed, beaten or harassed citizens who opposed them
  • 2011: David Leonhardt, in Commentary, for his weekly column "Economic Scene" which offered perspectives on the formidable problems confronting America, from creating jobs to recalibrating tax rates.[56]
  • 2012: David Kocieniewski, in Explanatory Reporting, for his series on tax avoidance.
  • 2012: Jeffrey Gettleman, in International Reporting, for his reports on famine and conflict in East Africa.[57][58]
  • 2013: David Barstow and Alejandra Xanic von Bertrab, in Investigative Reporting, for describing bribery by Walmart in Mexico
  • 2013: Staff of The New York Times, in Explanatory Reporting, for examining global business practices of Apple Inc. and other technology companies
  • 2013: David Barboza, in International Reporting, for exposing corruption in the Chinese government
  • 2013: John Branch, in Feature Writing, for "Snow Fall", a multimedia presentation about avalanches.[59]
  • 2014: Tyler Hicks, in Breaking News Photography, for his "compelling pictures that showed skill and bravery in documenting the unfolding terrorist attack at Westgate mall in Kenya."
  • 2014: Josh Haner, in Feature Photography, for his "moving essay on a Boston Marathon bomb blast victim who lost most of both legs and now is painfully rebuilding his life."[60]
  • 2015: Eric Lipton, in Investigative Reporting, for reporting that showed how the influence of lobbyists can sway congressional leaders and state attorneys general, slanting justice toward the wealthy and connected
  • 2015: Staff of The New York Times, in International Reporting, for "courageous front-line reporting and vivid human stories on Ebola in Africa, engaging the public with the scope and details of the outbreak while holding authorities accountable" (Team members named by The Times were Pam Belluck, Helene Cooper, Sheri Fink, Adam Nossiter, Norimitsu Onishi, Kevin Sack, and Ben C. Solomon).
  • 2015: Daniel Berehulak, in Feature Photography, for his "gripping, courageous photographs of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa."[61]
  • 2016: Tyler Hicks, Mauricio Lima, Sergey Ponomarev and Daniel Etter for breaking news photography for coverage of the ongoing migrant crisis in Europe and the Middle East.
  • 2016: Alissa Rubin, in International Reporting, for her coverage of the lives of women and girls in Afghanistan including the murder of young Afghan woman who was beaten to death by a mob after being falsely accused of burning a Quran; John Woo and Adam Ellick produced an accompanying video about the murder.[62]
  • 2017: C.J. Chivers, in Feature Writing, 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.
  • 2017: Staff of The New York Times, in International Reporting, for agenda-setting reporting on Vladimir Putin’s efforts to project Russia’s power abroad, revealing techniques that included assassination, online harassment and the planting of incriminating evidence on opponents.
  • 2017: Daniel Berehulak, in Breaking News Photography, 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. (Moved into this category from Feature Photography by the nominating jury.)
  • 2018: Jodi Kantor, Megan Twohey, Emily Steel, and Michael S. Schmidt in Public Service, for "explosive, impactful journalism that exposed powerful and wealthy sexual predators, including allegations against one of Hollywood’s most influential producers, bringing them to account for long-suppressed allegations of coercion, brutality and victim silencing, thus spurring a worldwide reckoning about sexual abuse of women." (Received jointly with Ronan Farrow of The New Yorker.)[63]
  • 2018: Staff of The New York Times, in National Reporting, for "deeply sourced, relentlessly reported coverage in the public interest that dramatically furthered the nation’s understanding of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and its connections to the Trump campaign, the President-elect’s transition team and his eventual administration." (Received jointly with the Washington Post.)[63]
  • 2018: Jake Halpern and Michael Sloan, in Editorial Cartooning, for "an emotionally powerful series, told in graphic narrative form, that chronicled the daily struggles of a real-life family of refugees and its fear of deportation."[63]
  • 2019: David Barstow, Susanne Craig and Russ Buettner, in Explanatory Reporting, for "an exhaustive 18-month investigation of President Donald Trump’s finances that debunked his claims of self-made wealth and revealed a business empire riddled with tax dodges."[64]
  • 2019: Brent Staples, in Editorial Writing, for "editorials written with extraordinary moral clarity that charted the racial fault lines in the United States at a polarizing moment in the nation’s history."[64]

2020s[edit]

Finalists[edit]

In 1980, The Pulitzer Prizes began noting finalists for each category, alongside the full prize winners. The New York Times and its reporters have been named more than a dozen times as finalists.[citation needed]

Controversies[edit]

As new reporting adds additional perspective to previously-reported topics, the quality and even the veracity of some reporting comes under question.

  • Walter Duranty's 1932 reporting for The New York Times on the news from Russia—and subsequently the Pulitzer Prize it was awarded—came under intense criticism for its failures to report on the conditions that led to the Soviet famine of 1932–33. Critics mounted campaigns for the award to be revoked, once in 1990, and again 2003. Voices for The New York Times both times wrote highly critical reviews of Duranty's work.[69][70] As of 2021, the Pulitzer Board has twice discussed withdrawing the award—most recently in 2003—but declined to withdraw the award both times.[8][9]
  • In 2005, journalists Amy Goodman and David Goodman filed a request with the Pulitzer Board to revoke William L. Laurence's 1946 Pulitzer Prize. They alleged he had been employed by the U.S. War Department to write "military press releases and statements for President Harry S. Truman and Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson" for four months while also employed by The New York Times to report on the atomic bomb.[71] David Goodman remarked in an interview with DemocracyNow! that Laurence seemed to have been "completely unashamed and unrepentant of what was clearly an egregious conflict of interest by any of the most basic canons of journalism ethics."[72]
  • Reporter Rukmini Callimachi was one of three finalists from The New York Times named for the 2019 Pulitzer Prizes (in addition to the two prizes awarded), but it came to light in 2020 that the reporting's central source had likely fabricated their story; The New York Times volunteered to return the award.[73][74]

See also[edit]

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