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Pulitzer Prizes in journalism and the arts set to be awarded

Alfredo Watts | 19 April, 2017, 01:28

She is also a member of The Inquirer's editorial board.

Fahrenthold of The Washington Post has won the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting for campaign reporting that cast doubt on Donald Trump's assertions of generosity toward charities.

For the Commentary category, Wall Street Journal's Peggy Noonan wrote a series of columns, which offered readers insight into the changing policial environment during the explosive and discordant national presidential campaign.

The New York Times staff won the worldwide reporting prize for articles on Russian President Vladimir Putin's efforts to project Russia's power overseas, a particularly pertinent story given USA intelligence conclusions that Putin's government actively tried to influence the US election in Trump's favour. The Times' C.J. Chivers garnered the feature writing Pulitzer for chronicling a Marine's postwar descent into violence.

Art Cullen of The Storm Lake Times for editorials that challenged powerful corporate agricultural interests in Iowa.

The pairing of a famed local newspaper and an ambitious nonprofit news web site might strike some people as symbolic of turbulent times in journalism.

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, McClatchy and the Miami Herald won the explanatory award for an investigative series on the Panama Papers, exposing the global extent of offshore tax havens.

A year ago the Tampa Bay Times and the Sarasota Herald-Tribune won the prize for investigative reporting for revealing the "escalating violence and neglect in Florida mental hospitals and laid the blame at the door of state officials", the judges said.

The local reporting prize went to The Salt Lake Tribune in Utah for its reporting on the callous treatment of sexual assault victims at Brigham Young University.

Mr Trump has all but declared war on a large section of the USA media, consistently branding reports about his team's alleged links to Russian Federation as "fake news" and repeatedly calling The New York Times a "failing" organisation. His cartoons depicting political and cultural topics were described by the judges as "biting prose and crisp wit".

L-R, East Bay Times reporters Matthias Gafni, Thomas Peele, Harry Harris, Erin Baldassari and David Debolt react as they learn of their Pulitzer Prize win for breaking news at their office in downtown Oakland, California, April 10, 2017.

Feature Photography: E. Jason Wambsgans, Chicago Tribune.

Less than a week after Donald Trump Jr. named #PizzaGate conspiracy theorist and alt-right personality Mike Cernovich as a chief contender for the Pulitzer Prize, the prestigious journalism award instead went to several actual reporters whose work was fully deserving of the accolade.

In the arts, prizes are awarded in seven categories, including fiction, drama and music.

The arts prizes also showed Trump's impact on American discourse-there was extra drama in the Pulitzer Prize for Drama this year, since the victor was Lynn Nottage's play Sweat, which examines a Rust Belt town similar to the ones that embraced Trump. Only the victor in the Public Service category of the Journalism competition is awarded a gold medal.

Public Service: The staff of the New York Daily News and ProPublica.

After the election, Fahrenthold became a CNN contributor on top of his Post reporting.

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