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Sweat Wins The 2017 Pulitzer Prize For Drama As Does Washington Post Reporter David Fahrenthold

Sweat Wins The 2017 Pulitzer Prize For Drama As Does Washington Post Reporter David Fahrenthold

They may not have been nominated for The Lucille Lortel Awards, but Lynn Notage’s Sweat won the Pulitzer Prize. President Trump called David Fahrenthold, “A Nasty Guy,” and he won the Pulitzer Prize on Monday for national reporting. Fahrenthold casted doubt towards Donald Trump’s generosity toward charities. Fahrenthold also broke the news which may have started “Pussy Gate.”

Here are the 2017 Pulitzer Prize winners:


Public Service: New York Daily News and ProPublica; For uncovering, primarily through the work of reporter Sarah Ryley, widespread abuse of eviction rules by the police to oust hundreds of people, most of them poor minorities.


Chicago Tribune

Houston Chronicle

Breaking News Reporting: Staff of East Bay Times, Oakland, CA; For relentless coverage of the “Ghost Ship” fire, which killed 36 people at a warehouse party, and for reporting after the tragedy that exposed the city’s failure to take actions that might have prevented it.


The Dallas Morning News Staff

The Orlando Sentinel Staff

Investigative Reporting: Eric Eyre of Charleston Gazette-Mail, Charleston, WV; For courageous reporting, performed in the face of powerful opposition, to expose the flood of opioids flowing into depressed West Virginia counties with the highest overdose death rates in the country.


Michael J. Berens and Patricia Callahan of Chicago Tribune

Steve Reilly of USA Today Network, Tyson’s Corner, VA

Explanatory Reporting: International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, McClatchy and Miami Herald; For the Panama Papers, a series of stories using a collaboration of more than 300 reporters on six continents to expose the hidden infrastructure and global scale of offshore tax havens. (Moved by the Board from the International Reporting category, where it was entered.)


Joan Garrett McClane and Joy Lukachick Smith of Chattanooga Times Free Press

Julia Angwin, Jeff Larson, Surya Mattu, Lauren Kirchner and Terry Parris Jr. of ProPublica

Staff of National Geographic, Washington, D.C.

Local Reporting: The Salt Lake Tribune Staff; For a string of vivid reports revealing the perverse, punitive and cruel treatment given to sexual assault victims at Brigham Young University, one of Utah’s most powerful institutions.


Jenna Russell, Maria Cramer, Michael Rezendes, Todd Wallack and Scott Helman of The Boston Globe

Michael Schwirtz, Michael Winerip and Robert Gebeloff of The New York Times

National Reporting: David A. Fahrenthold of The Washington Post; For persistent reporting that created a model for transparent journalism in political campaign coverage while casting doubt on Donald Trump’s assertions of generosity toward charities.


Renee Dudley, Steve Stecklow, Alexandra Harney and other members of the Reuters Staff

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Staff

International Reporting: The New York Times Staff; For agenda-setting reporting on Vladimir Putin’s efforts to project Russia’s power abroad, revealing techniques that included assassination, online harassment and the planting of incriminating evidence on opponents.


Chris Hamby of BuzzFeed News, New York, NY

International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, McClatchy and the Miami Herald

The Wall Street Journal Staff

Feature Writing: J. Chivers of The New York Times; For showing, through an artful accumulation of fact and detail, that a Marine’s postwar descent into violence reflected neither the actions of a simple criminal nor a stereotypical case of PTSD.


Adam Entous and Devlin Barrett of The Wall Street Journal

Eli Saslow of The Washington Post

Commentary: Peggy Noonan of The Wall Street Journal; For rising to the moment with beautifully rendered columns that connected readers to the shared virtues of Americans during one of the nation’s most divisive political campaigns.


Dahleen Glanton of Chicago Tribune

Trudy Rubin of Philadelphia Media Network

Criticism: Hilton Als of The New Yorker; For bold and original reviews that strove to put stage dramas within a real-world cultural context, particularly the shifting landscape of gender, sexuality and race.


Laura Reiley of Tampa Bay Times

Ty Burr of The Boston Globe

Editorial Writing: Art Cullen of The Storm Lake Times, Storm Lake, IA; For editorials fueled by tenacious reporting, impressive expertise and engaging writing that successfully challenged powerful corporate agricultural interests in Iowa.


Fred Hiatt of The Washington Post

Joe Holley of Houston Chronicle

Editorial Cartooning: Jim Morin of Miami Herald; For editorial cartoons that delivered sharp perspectives through flawless artistry, biting prose and crisp wit.


Jen Sorensen, freelance cartoonist

Steve Sack of Star Tribune, Minneapolis, MN

Breaking News Photography: Daniel Berehulak, freelance photographer; For powerful storytelling through images published in The New York Times showing the callous disregard for human life in the Philippines brought about by a government assault on drug dealers and users. (Moved into this category from Feature Photography by the nominating jury.)


Jonathan Bachman, freelance photographer

Photography Staff of the Associated Press

Feature Photography: Jason Wambsgans of Chicago Tribune; For a superb portrayal of a 10-year-old boy and his mother striving to put the boy’s life back together after he survived a shooting in Chicago.


Jake May of The Flint Journal, Flint, MI

Katie Falkenberg of Los Angeles Times


Fiction: The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead (Doubleday); For a smart melding of realism and allegory that combines the violence of slavery and the drama of escape in a myth that speaks to contemporary America.


Imagine Me Gone, by Adam Haslett (Little, Brown)

The Sport of Kings, by C. E. Morgan (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

Drama: Sweat, by Lynn Nottage; For a nuanced yet powerful drama that reminds audiences of the stacked deck still facing workers searching for the American dream.


A 24-Decade History of Popular Music, by Taylor Mac

The Wolves, by Sarah DeLappe

History: Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy, by Heather Ann Thompson (Pantheon); For a narrative history that sets high standards for scholarly judgment and tenacity of inquiry in seeking the truth about the 1971 Attica prison riots.


Brothers at Arms: American Independence and the Men of France and Spain Who Saved It, by Larrie D. Ferreiro (Alfred A. Knopf)

New England Bound: Slavery and Colonization in Early America, by Wendy Warren (Liveright/W.W. Norton)

Biography or Autobiography: The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between, by Hisham Matar (Random House); For a first-person elegy for home and father that examines with controlled emotion the past and present of an embattled region.


In the Darkroom, by Susan Faludi (Metropolitan Books)

When Breath Becomes Air, by the late Paul Kalanithi (Random House)

Poetry: Olio, by Tyehimba Jess (Wave Books); For a distinctive work that melds performance art with the deeper art of poetry to explore collective memory and challenge contemporary notions of race and identity.


Collected Poems: 1950-2012, by the late Adrienne Rich (W.W. Norton)

XX, by Campbell McGrath (Ecco/HarperCollins)

General Nonfiction: Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, by Matthew Desmond (Crown); For a deeply researched exposé that showed how mass evictions after the 2008 economic crash were less a consequence than a cause of poverty.

In a Different Key: The Story of Autism, by John Donvan and Caren Zucker (Crown)

The Politics of Mourning: Death and Honor in Arlington National Cemetery, by Micki McElya (Harvard University Press)

Music: Angel’s Bone, by Du Yun; Premiered on January 6, 2016, at the Prototype Festival, 3LD Arts and Technology Center, New York City, a bold operatic work that integrates vocal and instrumental elements and a wide range of styles into a harrowing allegory for human trafficking in the modern world. Libretto by Royce Vavrek.


Bound to the Bow, by Ashley Fure

Ipsa Dixit, by Kate Soper


Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email:

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