The 2023 Pulitzer Prize winners have been revealed, with local outlets shining a light on corruption among local officials receiving recognition in four out of the 16 journalism awards across 15 categories. The Pulitzers are widely regarded as the most prestigious accolades for journalists and organizations in the United States. Marjorie Miller, the administrator of the Pulitzer Prizes, announced the winners. Established in 1917, these annual awards are named after Joseph Pulitzer, a newspaper publisher who bequeathed funds to establish the prizes and a journalism school at Columbia University. With 22 Pulitzer categories, the winners in 21 of them receive a $15,000 cash prize and a certificate.
|Associated Press, for the work of Mstyslav Chernov, Evgeniy Maloletka, Vasilisa Stepanenko and Lori Hinnant
|Courageous reporting from the besieged city of Mariupol that bore witness to the slaughter of civilians in Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
|Breaking News Reporting
|Staff of the Los Angeles Times
|For revealing a secretly recorded conversation among city officials that included racist comments, followed by coverage of the rapidly resulting turmoil and deeply reported pieces that delved further into the racial issues affecting local politics.
|Staff of The Wall Street Journal
|For sharp accountability reporting on financial conflicts of interest among officials at 50 federal agencies, revealing those who bought and sold stocks they regulated and other ethical violations by individuals charged with safeguarding the public’s interest.
|Caitlin Dickerson of The Atlantic
|For deeply reported and compelling accounting of the Trump administration policy that forcefully separated migrant children from their parents, resulting in abuses that have persisted under the current administration.
|Anna Wolfe of Mississippi Today, Ridgeland, Miss.
|For reporting that revealed how a former Mississippi governor used his office to steer millions of state welfare dollars to benefit his family and friends, including NFL quarterback Brett Favre. John Archibald, Ashley Remkus, Ramsey Archibald and Challen Stephens of AL.com, Birmingham For a series exposing how the police force in the town of Brookside preyed on residents to inflate revenue, coverage that prompted the resignation of the police chief, four new laws and a state audit.
|Caroline Kitchener of The Washington Post
|For unflinching reporting that captured the complex consequences of life after Roe v. Wade, including the story of a Texas teenager who gave birth to twins after new restrictions denied her an abortion.
|Staff of The New York Times
|For their unflinching coverage of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, including an eight-month investigation into Ukrainian deaths in the town of Bucha and the Russian unit responsible for the killings.
|Eli Saslow of The Washington Post
|For evocative individual narratives about people struggling with the pandemic, homelessness, addiction and inequality that collectively form a sharply-observed portrait of contemporary America.
|Kyle Whitmire of AL.com, Birmingham
|For measured and persuasive columns that document how Alabama’s Confederate heritage still colors the present with racism and exclusion, told through tours of its first capital, its mansions and monuments–and through the history that has been omitted
|Andrea Long Chu of New York magazine
|For book reviews that scrutinize authors as well as their works, using multiple cultural lenses to explore some of society’s most fraught topics.
|Nancy Ancrum, Amy Driscoll, Luisa Yanez, Isadora Rangel and Lauren Costantino of the Miami Herald
|For a series of editorials on the failure of Florida public officials to deliver on many taxpayer-funded amenities and services promised to residents over decades.
|Illustrated Reporting and Commentary
|Mona Chalabi, contributor, The New York Times
|For striking illustrations that combine statistical reporting with keen analysis to help readers understand the immense wealth and economic power of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.
|Breaking News Photography
|Photography Staff of Associated Press
|For unique and urgent images from the first weeks of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, including the devastation of Mariupol after other news organizations left, victims of the targeting of civilian infrastructure and the resilience of the Ukrainian people who were able to flee.
|Christina House of the Los Angeles Times
|For an intimate look into the life of a pregnant 22-year-old woman living on the street in a tent–images that show
|Staff of Gimlet Media, notably Connie Walker
|Whose investigation into her father’s troubled past revealed a larger story of abuse of hundreds of Indigenous children at an Indian residential school in Canada, including other members of Walker’s extended family, a personal search for answers expertly blended with rigorous investigative reporting.