Reuters wins Pulitzers for Philippines reporting, Rohingya photography

From Reuters - April 16, 2018

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Reuters won two Pulitzer Prizes on Monday, one for exposing the methods of police killing squads in Philippines President Rodrigo Dutertes war on drugs, and one for feature photography documenting the Rohingya migrant crisis between Myanmar and Bangladesh.

The Pulitzers, the most prestigious awards in American journalism, also honored U.S. media for their work on some of the most pressing domestic issues such as pervasive sexual harassment in the workplace and the investigation into Russias involvement in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

In a year in which many Pulitzers were rightly devoted to U.S. domestic matters, were proud at Reuters to shine a light on global issues of profound concern and importance, Reuters Editor-in-Chief Steve Adler said.

The New York Times and the New Yorker magazine shared the honor for public service for their reporting on sexual harassment allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. The reporting revealed explosive, impactful journalism that exposed powerful and wealthy sexual predators, the Pulitzer board said.

Reporters Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey shared the Times honor for their report on Weinstein, which triggered a series of similar allegations against influential men in politics, journalism and show business and gave rise to the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements that have encouraged victims to come forward.

The New Yorkers Ronan Farrow was also recognized for a Weinstein report that detailed the allegations of a woman who reported her accusations to New York police. Authorities have since renewed a criminal investigation of Weinstein.

The Washington Post won the investigative reporting prize for breaking the story that the Alabama U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore had a history of courting teenage girls. The Moore report came as stories of men abusing their power over women abounded, contributing to changing public attitudes. Moore, a Republican backed by President Donald Trump, had been favored to win the special election but lost to Democrat Doug Jones.

The New York Times and the Washington Post shared the honor for national reporting for their coverage of the investigation into Russian involvement in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

The award was given for deeply sourced, relentlessly reported coverage in the public interest that dramatically furthered the nations understanding of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and its connections to the Trump campaign, the President-elects transition team and his eventual administration.

The Pulitzers here have been awarded since 1917, after being established in the will of newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer. The 17-member Pulitzer board is made up of past winners and other distinguished journalists and academics.

It chose the winners in 14 journalism categories plus seventhat recognize fiction, drama, history, biography, poetry, general nonfiction and music.


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