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Monday, May 13, 2024


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Winner in the category of fiction 2024

The Pulitzer Prize—determined by a board from Columbia University—is one of the highest distinctions in the US for journalism, literature, and music. Awardees take home $15K and a certificate, while the public service winner receives a gold medal.


Night Watch, by Jayne Anne Phillips (Knopf) 

A beautifully rendered novel set in West Virginia’s Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum in the aftermath of the Civil War where a severely wounded Union veteran, a 12-year-old girl and her mother, long abused by a Confederate soldier, struggle to heal. 


Primary Trust, by Eboni Booth 

A simple and elegantly crafted story of an emotionally damaged man who finds a new job, new friends and a new sense of worth, illustrating how small acts of kindness can change a person’s life and enrich an entire community. 


No Right to an Honest Living: The Struggles of Boston’s Black Workers in the Civil War Era, by Jacqueline Jones (Basic Books) 

A breathtakingly original reconstruction of free Black life in Boston that profoundly reshapes our understanding of the city’s abolitionist legacy and the challenging reality for its Black residents. 

Biography (Tie) 

King: A Life, by Jonathan Eig (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) A revelatory portrait of Martin Luther King, Jr. that draws on new sources to enrich our understanding of each stage of the civil rights leader’s life, exploring his strengths and weaknesses, including the self-questioning and depression that accompanied his determination. 

Master Slave Husband Wife: An Epic Journey from Slavery to Freedom, by Ilyon Woo (Simon & Schuster) 

A rich narrative of the Crafts, an enslaved couple who escaped from Georgia in 1848, with light-skinned Ellen disguised as a disabled white gentleman and William as her manservant, exploiting assumptions about race, class and disability to hide in public on their journey to the North, where they became famous abolitionists while evading bounty hunters. 

Memoir or Autobiography 

Liliana’s Invincible Summer: A Sister’s Search for Justice, by Cristina Rivera Garza (Hogarth) 

A genre-bending account of the author’s 20-year-old sister, murdered by a former boyfriend, that mixes memoir, feminist investigative journalism and poetic biography stitched together with a determination born of loss. 


Tripas: Poems, by Brandon Som (Georgia Review Books) 

A collection that deeply engages with the complexities of the poet’s dual Mexican and Chinese heritage, highlighting the dignity of his family’s working lives, creating community rather than conflict.

General Nonfiction 

A Day in the Life of Abed Salama: Anatomy of a Jerusalem Tragedy, by Nathan Thrall (Metropolitan Books) 

A finely reported and intimate account of life under Israeli occupation of the West Bank, told through a portrait of a Palestinian father whose five-year-old son dies in a fiery school bus crash when Israeli and Palestinian rescue teams are delayed by security regulations. 


 Public service awarded to ProPublica for its coverage of the US Supreme Court, resulting in the court’s first-ever adoption of a code of conduct. for the work of Joshua Kaplan, Justin Elliott, Brett Murphy, Alex Mierjeski and Kirsten Berg. Groundbreaking and ambitious reporting that pierced the thick wall of secrecy surrounding the Supreme Court to reveal how a small group of politically influential billionaires wooed justices with lavish gifts and travel, pushing the Court to adopt its first code of conduct. 

Two special citations were also awarded, including one to journalists covering the war in Gaza. 

The New York Times and Reuters (international reporting and breaking news photography, respectively) for their coverage of Hamas' Oct. 7 attack and the subsequent war. 

Breaking News Reporting: Staff of Lookout Santa Cruz, California For its detailed and nimble community-focused coverage, over a holiday weekend, of catastrophic flooding and mudslides that displaced thousands of residents and destroyed more than 1,000 homes and businesses. 

Investigative Reporting: Hannah Dreier of The New York Times. For a deeply reported series of stories revealing the stunning reach of migrant child labor across the United States—and the corporate and governmental failures that perpetuate it. 

 Explanatory Reporting Sarah Stillman of The New Yorker For a searing indictment of our legal system’s reliance on the felony murder charge and its disparate consequences, often devastating for communities of color. 

Local Reporting Sarah Conway of City Bureau and Trina Reynolds-Tyler of the Invisible Institute For their investigative series on missing Black girls and women in Chicago that revealed how systemic racism and police department neglect contributed to the crisis. Jerry Mitchell, Ilyssa Daly, Brian Howey and Nate Rosenfield of Mississippi Today and The New York Times. 

National Reporting (Tie) 

--Staff of Reuters For an eye-opening series of accountability stories focused on Elon Musk’s automobile and aerospace businesses, stories that displayed remarkable breadth and depth and provoked official probes of his companies’ practices in Europe and the United States. 

--Staff of The Washington Post For its sobering examination of the AR-15 semi-automatic rifle, which forced readers to reckon with the horrors wrought by the weapon often used for mass shootings in America. (Moved by the Board from the Public Service category, where it also was entered and nominated.) 

 International Reporting 

--Staff of The New York Times for its wide-ranging and revelatory coverage of Hamas’ lethal attack in southern Israel on October 7, Israel’s intelligence failures and the Israeli military’s sweeping, deadly response in Gaza. Julie Turkewitz and Federico Rios of The New York Times 

Feature Writing 

--Katie Engelhart, contributing writer, The New York Times For her fair-minded portrait of a family’s legal and emotional struggles during a matriarch’s progressive dementia that sensitively probes the mystery of a person’s essential self. 


Vladimir Kara-Murza, contributor, The Washington Post For passionate columns written under great personal risk from his prison cell, warning of the consequences of dissent in Vladimir Putin’s Russia and insisting on a democratic future for his country. 


Justin Chang of the Los Angeles Times for richly evocative and genre-spanning film criticism that reflects on the contemporary moviegoing experience. 

 Editorial Writing David E. Hoffman of The Washington Post For a compelling and well-researched series on new technologies and the tactics authoritarian regimes use to repress dissent in the digital age, and how they can be fought. 

 Illustrated Reporting and Commentary Medar de la Cruz, contributor, The New Yorker For his visually-driven story set inside Rikers Island jail using bold black-and-white images that humanize the prisoners and staff through their hunger for books. 

 Breaking News Photography Photography Staff of Reuters For raw and urgent photographs documenting the October 7th deadly attack in Israel by Hamas and the first weeks of Israel’s devastating assault on Gaza. 

Feature Photography Photography Staff of Associated Press For poignant photographs chronicling unprecedented masses of migrants and their arduous journey north from Colombia to the border of the United States. 

 Audio Reporting Staffs of the Invisible Institute and USG Audio For a powerful series that revisits a Chicago hate crime from the 1990s, a fluid amalgam of memoir, community history and journalism. 


Adagio (For Wadada Leo Smith), by Tyshawn Sorey Premiered on March 16, 2023 at Atlanta Symphony Hall, an introspective saxophone concerto with a wide range of textures presented in a slow tempo, a beautiful homage that’s quietly intense, treasuring intimacy rather than spectacle. 


A special citation for the late writer and critic Greg Tate, whose language – cribbed from literature, academia, popular culture and hip-hop – was as influential as the content of his ideas. His aesthetic, innovations and intellectual originality, particularly in his pioneering hip-hip criticism, continue to influence subsequent generations, especially writers and critics of color. 

Journalists and Media Workers Covering the War in Gaza 

In recent years the Pulitzer Board has issued citations honoring journalists covering wars in Ukraine and Afghanistan. This year, the Board recognizes the courageous work of journalists and media workers covering the war in Gaza. Under horrific conditions, an extraordinary number of journalists have died in the effort to tell the stories of Palestinians and others in Gaza. This war has also claimed the lives of poets and writers among the casualties. 

As the Pulitzer Prizes honor categories of journalism, arts, and letters, we mark the loss of invaluable records of the human experience. 

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