Pulitzer Prizes announced: AJC doctors series a finalist


The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s yearlong investigative series that exposed widespread sexual abuse by doctors and a lack of uniform consequences for it was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting. The awards were announced Monday.

In a year when the tumultuous presidential campaign dominated U.S. news, the top prize for national reporting went to David A. Fahrenthold of The Washington Post for exposing questionable practices at Donald Trump’s charitable foundation.

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

The New York Daily News and ProPublica won for public service for uncovering how police abused eviction rules to oust hundreds of people, mostly poor minorities, from their homes.

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Eric Eyre of The Charleston Gazette-Mail won the investigative reporting prize for writing about the scourge of opiate painkillers in poor parts of West Virginia.

The staff of the East Bay Times in Oakland, Calif., received the breaking news reporting award for coverage of a fire that killed 36 people at a warehouse party and local officials’ failure to take action that might have prevented it.

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The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, McClatchy and the Miami Herald — which amassed more than 400 journalists to examine the leaked “Panama Papers” and expose the way politicians, criminals and rich people stashed cash in offshore accounts — won the Pulitzer for explanatory reporting.

The staff of The Salt Lake Tribune received the local reporting award for its work on how sexual assault victims at Brigham Young University are treated.

The Storm Lake Times, a 3,300-circulation paper in Iowa, won the Pulitzer for editorials that challenged powerful corporate agricultural interests. Other journalism winners: feature writing, C.J. Chivers of The New York Times; commentary, Peggy Noonan of The Wall Street Journal; criticism, Hilton Als of The New Yorker; editorial writing, Art Cullen of The New Yorker; editorial cartooning, Jim Morin of the Miami Herald.




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