Investigation of Trump’s charity wins Pulitzer Prize

NEW YORK — The biggest US news story of 2016 — the tumultuous presidential campaign — yielded a Pulitzer Prize on Monday for the Washington Post reporter who not only raised doubts about Donald Trump’s charitable giving but also revealed that the candidate had been recorded crudely bragging about grabbing women.

David A. Fahrenthold won the prize for national reporting, with the judges citing his stories about Trump’s charitable foundation that called into question whether the real estate magnate was as generous as he claimed.


Fahrenthold’s submission also included his story about Trump’s raunchy behind-the-scenes comments during a 2005 taping of ‘‘Access Hollywood’’ in 2005. The footage rocked the White House race and prompted a rare apology from the then-candidate.

In another election-related prize, Peggy Noonan of The Wall Street Journal won the Pulitzer for commentary for columns that ‘‘connected readers to the shared virtues of Americans during one of the nation’s most divisive political campaigns,’’ judges said.

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American journalism’s most distinguished prizes also recognized work that shed light on international financial intrigue and held local officials accountable.

The New York Daily News and ProPublica won the Pulitzer for public service for uncovering how authorities used an obscure law, originally enacted to crack down on prostitution in Times Square in the 1970s, to oust hundreds of people, mostly poor minorities, from their homes.

ProPublica is an independent, nonprofit organization that does investigative reporting.


The staff of The Salt Lake Tribune received the local reporting award for its work on what judges called ‘‘the perverse, punitive, and cruel treatment’’ of sexual assault victims at Brigham Young University. The paper said the reporting led to reforms.

The Boston Globe Spotlight team was a finalist in the local reporting category for its series, “The Desperate and the Dead,” which exposed the dangerous failures of the Massachusetts mental health care system. Globe writer Ty Burr was a finalist for the prize in criticism.

The New York Times staff received the international reporting award for its work on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s efforts to project Moscow’s power abroad.

The award in feature writing went to the Times’ C.J. Chivers for a story about a Marine’s descent into violence after returning home from war.

Winners ranged from partnerships spanning hundreds of reporters to newspapers as small as The Storm Lake Times, a twice-weekly, 3,000-circulation family-owned paper in Iowa. The paper’s Art Cullen won the editorial writing award for challenging corporate agricultural interests in the state.

The prize for explanatory reporting went to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, McClatchy and the Miami Herald, which amassed a group of over 400 journalists to examine the leaked ‘‘Panama Papers’’ and expose the way that politicians, criminals and rich people stashed money in offshore accounts.

Eric Eyre of The Charleston Gazette-Mail won the investigative reporting prize for articles showing that drug wholesalers had shipped 780 million hydrocodone and oxycodone pills to West Virginia in just six years, a period when 1,728 people fatally overdosed on the painkillers. Eyre obtained US Drug Enforcement Administration records that leading drug wholesalers had fought in court to keep secret.

The staff of the East Bay Times in Oakland, Calif., received the breaking news reporting award for its coverage of a fire that killed 36 people at a warehouse party and for its follow-up reporting on how local officials hadn’t taken action that might have prevented it.

Hilton Als, a theater critic for The New Yorker, won in the criticism category, with judges praising how he strove to connect theater to the real-world, ‘‘shifting landscape of gender, sexuality and race.’’

The award in editorial cartooning went to Jim Morin of The Miami Herald.

Freelancer Daniel Berehulak receiving the breaking news photography award for his images, published in The New York Times, documenting Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s crackdown on drug dealers and users.

This year’s feature photography winner was E. Jason Wambsgans of the Chicago Tribune, for his portrayal of a 10-year-old boy who had been shot.

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