Pulitzer Prize for Public Service Goes to The New York Times and The New Yorker


Megan Twohey, left, and Jodi Kantor at The New York Times on Monday after their articles detailing sexual harassment accusations against the film mogul Harvey Weinstein helped The Times win the Pulitzer Prize for public service. Credit Hiroko Masuike/The New York Times

The New York Times and The New Yorker magazine won the Pulitzer Prize for public service on Monday for their reporting on sexual harassment that ushered in a reckoning about the treatment of women by powerful men in the uppermost ranks of Hollywood, politics, media and technology.

Beginning with revelations in The Times about the Fox News anchor Bill O’Reilly, followed by reports about the film mogul Harvey Weinstein published by The Times and The New Yorker, the coverage set off a cascade of testimonials from women about abuse in the workplace, whether at a Beverly Hills hotel or a Ford Motor plant in the Midwest. By year’s end, what came to be known as the #MeToo movement had reshaped the modern conversation around gender and fairness.

At a time when President Trump regularly assails the news media, the Pulitzer board awarded its national reporting prize to The Times and The Washington Post, for coverage that unearthed possible ties between Russia and Mr. Trump’s inner circle. The dramatic story line continues to dominate Washington politics.

The Post also won the award for investigative reporting for its exposé of Roy S. Moore, the Republican Senate candidate in Alabama, whose bid for higher office was upended after The Post uncovered that he had groped and harassed multiple women, one as young as 14. Columns on Mr. Moore’s candidacy, by John Archibald of the Alabama Media Group in Birmingham, Ala., won the commentary prize.

Magazines, which only recently became eligible for some Pulitzer categories, also took home top awards. GQ won the feature reporting category for a profile by Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah of Dylann Roof, the white supremacist who killed nine African-American churchgoers in Charleston, S.C., in 2015. The art critic for New York magazine, Jerry Saltz, received the prize for criticism.

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The staff of The Cincinnati Enquirer won the prize for local reporting for its coverage of families ravaged by heroin addiction. Reuters won the international reporting prize for covering the brutal killings of drug dealers ordered by President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines.

[READ MORE: The winners in all Pulitzer categories.]

The Times received three awards in all, including the prize for editorial cartooning for a series that chronicled a Syrian refugee family’s entry into the United States. The public service prize was the sixth time The Times has received the prestigious award in the more than century-long history of the Pulitzers, which are announced annually by Columbia University to recognize excellence in journalism and letters.

[READ MORE: The Times’s winning articles.]

In the artistic categories, the award for fiction went to “Less,” by Andrew Sean Greer, a globe-trotting chronicle of an aging novelist confronting middle age, career disappointments and problems in love. “Cost of Living,” an Off Broadway play by Martyna Majok, won the prize for drama.

The nonfiction prize went to “Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America,” a book by James Foreman Jr. that traced the history of contemporary criminal justice. A life of the author Laura Ingalls Wilder, “Prairie Fires,” was named the prizewinner for biography.

The hip-hop star Kendrick Lamar won the prize for music for his pointed, defiant album, “DAMN.”

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