Pulitzer Prize Winners Highlight Refugee Plight

NEW YORK— The Pulitzer Prizes were announced on Monday with immimgrants, refugees and their plight as common themes among several winners. In the arts categories, former refugee Viet Thanh Nguyen won the prize for fiction with The Sympathizer, a tale of immigrant life.

Hamilton, the hip-hop stage biography of Caribbean emigrant Alexander Hamilton, won for drama.

In journalism, The Associated Press won for public service. It documented the use of slave labor in the commercial seafood industry in Indonesia and Thailand.

The New York Times and Reuters won for heart-wrenching breaking news photos of desperate refugees.

In one Times photo, a man with blood streaming down his face shields a child in a cloud of tear gas as migrants try to surge into Hungary from Serbia.

Ozone Journal by Peter Balakian won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry.

Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS by Joby Warrick won the Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction.

The Washington Post won the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting.

The Post’s staff was honored Monday for creating and using a national database to illustrate how often and why police shoot to kill.

“In for a Penny, In for a Pound” by Henry Threadgill won the Pulitzer Prize for music.

The Tampa Bay Times and the Sarasota Herald-Tribune have won the Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting for a project on mental hospitals.

This is the contest’s 100th year. The winners were announced Monday afternoon at Columbia University in New York City.

The Pulitzer Prizes recognize the best journalism in newspapers, magazines and web sites. There are 14 categories for reporting, photography, criticism and commentary.

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

The very first Pulitzer Prize in reporting was given in 1917 to Herbert Bayard Swope of the New York World.

Swope reported from the German front lines during World War I.


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