Thursday, 25 April, 2019

Late Aretha Franklin, Ellen Reid awarded 2019 Pulitzer Prize

Editor Rick Hutzell center gives a speech to his staff including Chase Cook Nicki Catterlin Rachael Pacella Selene San Felice and Danielle Ohl at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis Md. Monday Pulitzer Prizes: Aretha Franklin, Trump Tax Cheating Story Honored
Charles Bowen | 17 April, 2019, 12:26

In 2018, Kendrick Lamar was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Music for his 2017 LP Damn.

The 2019 Pulitzer Prizes, which were announced on Monday, paid special attention to investigations involving Donald Trump and reporting on gun safety.

The Capital Gazette was given a special citation for its coverage and courage in the face of a massacre in its own newsroom.

The man charged in the shooting had a longstanding grudge against the paper.

The Wall Street Journal received the National Reporting Pulitzer for uncovering the news of the payments made to both Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal.

The Pulitzer for investigative reporting was awarded to three Los Angeles Times reporters for their coverage of George Tyndall, a gynecologist accused of abusing hundreds of students at the University of Southern California.

The Pulitzers also honour the best in literature, theatre, and journalism.

Novelist Richard Powers won the Pulitzer for fiction for "The Overstory", a panoramic look at nine Americans whose lives become entwined due to their experiences with trees, and David W. Blight picked up the prize in history for his acclaimed biography "Frederick Douglas". And then you think of Aretha Franklin, who came out of gospel and brought into it popular music.

The AP's worldwide reporting prize went to a team of journalists who spent a year documenting atrocities and suffering in Yemen, illuminating the human toll of its four-year-old civil war.

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The biography award went to Jeffrey Stewart's The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke, and Eliza Griswold's Amity and Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing of America won the award in the general non-fiction category.

The Queen of Soul is now a Pulitzer Prize victor.

This year's music recipient of the Pulitzer is composer Ellen Reid for "prism", an operatic work exploring the trauma of sexual assault that received its world premiere in November by the Los Angeles Opera.

Franklin, who died last summer, was the first woman singled out for an honorary Pulitzer, which has been given to Bob Dylan and John Coltrane among others.

Reuters was also recognized for global reporting for covering the brutal crackdown on Rohingya Muslims by security forces in Buddhist-majority Myanmar.

In the cultural field, Jackie Sibblies Drury's play Fairview, which examined white people's obsession with African American stereotypes, has won the Pulitzer for drama. The show debuted at the Soho Rep, playing to sell-out crowds.

The poetry prize was won by Forrest Gander for 'Be With'.

But there was no celebration as the Capital Gazette in Maryland learned on Monday it had won the most prestigious prize in American journalism.

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