NEW YORK — The biggest U.S. 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 stories that examined Trump’s charitable foundation and 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.” His talk about groping women’s genitals 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.”
The judges said Fahrenthold’s reporting “created a model for transparent journalism,” a model he built partly by using Twitter to publicize his efforts and let Trump see what he was doing. The president “can expect to see more of me on Twitter,” said Fahrenthold, now part of a team looking at Trump businesses.
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York Daily News and ProPublica won the Pulitzer in public service for uncovering how authorities used an obscure law, originally enacted to crack down on prostitution in Times Square in the 1970s, to evict hundreds of people, mostly poor minorities, from their homes.
“Thanks to this investigation, New York now sees how an extremely muscular law, combined with aggressive policing, combined with a lack of counsel, combined with lax judges produced damaging miscarriages of justice,” Daily News Editor in Chief Arthur Browne said. The Daily News reporter credited with most of the work was Sarah Ryley.
ProPublica’s managing editor, Robin Fields, said the project was “the type of collaboration that ProPublica had in mind” when the independent, nonprofit organization was launched nine years ago.
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. Co-owner Art Cullen won the editorial writing award for challenging powerful corporate agricultural interests in the state.
Cullen said he was stunned by the win. “Nobody’s ever heard of us before,” he said with a laugh.
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.
Meanwhile, the Herald’s Jim Morin won the award for editorial cartooning. He also won in 1996.
Eric Eyre of The Charleston Gazette-Mail received the investigative reporting prize for articles showing that drug wholesalers had shipped 780 million hydrocodone and oxycodone pills to West Virginia in six years, as 1,728 people fatally overdosed on the painkillers. Eyre obtained Drug Enforcement Administration records that leading drug wholesalers had fought in court to keep secret.
The staff of the East Bay Times in Oakland, California, 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.
Executive Editor Neil Chase said the award was “tremendously humbling,” but “you have to pause and realize that 36 people died in the fire, and this story should have never happened.”
The staff of The Salt Lake Tribune received the local reporting award for its work on how Brigham Young University treated sexual assault victims. The series prompted the Mormon school to stop conducting honor code investigations into students who reported being sexually assaulted.
Hilton Als, a theater critic for The New Yorker, won in the criticism category. The judges praised how he strove to connect theater to the real-world, “shifting landscape of gender, sexuality and race.”
Freelancer Daniel Berehulak received 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. Berehulak won the feature photography Pulitzer in 2015 for his work on the Ebola outbreak in Africa.
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.
Amid concern about fake news and the role of the media, “it’s just a very important time to try to help people see the importance of great journalism in their lives and in the democracy,” prize administrator Mike Pride said as the awards were announced at Columbia University .
Arts prizes are awarded in seven categories, including fiction, drama and music. Among the arts winners, Colson Whitehead took the fiction prize for “The Underground Railroad,” a novel that combined flights of imagination with the grimmest and most realistic detail of 19th-century slavery. Playwright Lynn Nottage won her second drama Pulitzer, for “Sweat.”
This is the 101st year of the contest, established by newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer. Public service award winners receive a gold medal; the other awards carry a prize of $15,000 each.
Associated Press writers Jessica Gresko in Washington and David Fischer in Miami contributed to this report, along with AP radio correspondent Warren Levinson.
The complete list of 2017 Pulitzer Prize winners:
Winner: New York Daily News and ProPublica
Finalists: Chicago Tribune; Houston Chronicle
–Breaking News Reporting
Winner: Staff of East Bay Times (Oakland, California)
Finalists: Dallas Morning News staff; Orlando Sentinel staff
Winner: Eric Eyre of the Charleston (West Virginia) Gazette-Mail
Finalists: Michael J. Berens and Patricia Callahan of the Chicago Tribune; Steve Reilly of the USA Today Network
Winner: International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, McClatchy and Miami Herald
Finalists: Joan Garrett McClane and Joy Lukachick Smith of the Chattanooga (Tennessee) Times Free Press; Julia Angwin, Jeff Larson, Surya Mattu, Lauren Kirchner and Terry Parris Jr. of ProPublica; staff of National Geographic
Winner: The Salt Lake Tribune Staff
Finalists: 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
Winner: David Fahrenthold of The Washington Post
Finalists: Renee Dudley, Steve Stecklow, Alexandra Harney and other members of the Reuters staff; the Atlanta Journal-Constitution staff
Winner: The New York Times staff
Finalists: Chris Hamby of BuzzFeed News; International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, McClatchy and the Miami Herald; the Wall Street Journal staff
Winner: C.J. Chivers of the New York Times
Finalists: Adam Entous and Devlin Barrett of the Wall Street Journal; Eli Saslow of The Washington Post
Winner: Peggy Noonan of the Wall Street Journal
Finalists: Dahleen Glanton of the Chicago Tribune; Trudy Rubin of the Philadelphia Media Network
Winner: Hilton Als of the New Yorker
Finalists: Laura Reiley of the Tampa Bay (Florida) Times; Ty Burr of the Boston Globe
Winner: Art Cullen of the Storm Lake (Iowa) Times
Finalists: Fred Hiatt of The Washington Post; Joe Holley and Evan Mintz of the Houston Chronicle
Winner: Jim Morin of the Miami Herald
Finalists: Jen Sorensen, freelance cartoonist; Steve Sack of the Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
–Breaking News Photography
Winner: Daniel Berehulak, freelance photographer
Finalists: Jonathan Bachman, freelance photographer; photography staff of the Associated Press
Winner: E. Jason Wambsgans of the Chicago Tribune
Finalists: Jake May of the Flint (Michigan) Journal; Katie Falkenberg of the Los Angeles Times
BOOKS, DRAMA AND MUSIC
Winner: “The Underground Railroad,” by Colson Whitehead
Finalists: “Imagine Me Gone,” by Adam Haslett; “The Sport of Kings,” by C. E. Morgan
Winner: “Sweat,” by Lynn Nottage
Finalists: “A 24-Decade History of Popular Music,” by Taylor Mac; “The Wolves,” by Sarah DeLappe
Winner: “Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy,” by Heather Ann Thompson
Finalists: “Brothers at Arms: American Independence and the Men of France and Spain Who Saved It,” by Larrie D. Ferreiro; “New England Bound: Slavery and Colonization in Early America,” by Wendy Warren
–Biography or Autobiography
Winner: “The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between,” by Hisham Matar
Finalists: “In the Darkroom,” by Susan Faludi; “When Breath Becomes Air,” by Paul Kalanithi
Winner: “Olio,” by Tyehimba Jess
Finalists: “Collected Poems: 1950-2012,” by Adrienne Rich; “XX,” by Campbell McGrath
Winner: “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City,” by Matthew Desmond
Finalists: “In a Different Key: The Story of Autism,” by John Donvan and Caren Zucker; “The Politics of Mourning: Death and Honor in Arlington National Cemetery,” by Micki McElya
Winner: “Angel’s Bone,” by Du Yun
Finalists: “Bound to the Bow,” by Ashley Fure; “Ipsa Dixit,” by Kate Soper