April 21, 2019
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WSJ Wins Pulitzer for Investigation Into Trump Hush-Money Payments – The Wall Street Journal

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Writers and editors at The Wall Street Journal celebrate the Pulitzer win on Monday. From left: Jennifer Forsyth, Rebecca Davis O’Brien, Michael Siconolfi, Michael Rothfeld, Rebecca Ballhaus, Joe Palazzolo, Nicole Hong and Ashby Jones.


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The Wall Street Journal won a Pulitzer Prize for a series of articles that detailed hush-money payments to two women who said they had affairs with President Trump.

The investigation—which placed Mr. Trump at the center of a scheme to silence Stephanie Clifford, the former adult-film star known professionally as Stormy Daniels, and former Playboy model Karen McDougal before the 2016 presidential election—won the Pulitzer for national reporting.

For the 103rd annual competition, the South Florida Sun Sentinel won in the public service category for “exposing failings by school and law-enforcement officials before and after the deadly shooting rampage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.”

In the national reporting category, a team of Journal reporters won for “uncovering President Trump’s secret payoffs to two women during his campaign who claimed to have had affairs with him, and the web of supporters who facilitated the transactions, triggering criminal inquiries and calls for impeachment.”

The New York Times and Washington Post each won two awards. The Times was recognized for its investigation of President Trump’s finances and for editorials written by Brent Staples. The Post won for criticism by Carlos Lozada and for feature photography of the famine in Yemen.

The Associated Press and Reuters each won Pulitzers for international reporting, for their coverage of war in Yemen and the persecution of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, respectively. Reuters also won for breaking news photography of South and Central American migrants’ journeys to the U.S.

The Los Angeles Times took home the prize for investigative reporting on a former University of Southern California gynecologist accused of violating hundreds of young women. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette was recognized for breaking news coverage of a deadly synagogue shooting, and the Advocate of Baton Rouge, La., won the local reporting award.

Columbia University administers the prizes.

In fiction, the Pulitzer was given to “The Overstory” a novel by Richard Powers, published by W.W. Norton. The drama prize went to Jackie Sibblies Drury for her play “Fairview,” which examines the issue of race.

Here is the full list of 2019 Pulitzer winners:

JOURNALISM

Public service: South Florida Sun Sentinel

Breaking news reporting: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Investigative reporting: Los Angeles Times

Explanatory reporting: New York Times

Local reporting: The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La.)

National reporting: The Wall Street Journal

International reporting: The Associated Press; Reuters

Feature writing: Hannah Dreier of ProPublica

Commentary: Tony Messenger of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Criticism: Carlos Lozada of The Washington Post

Editorial writing: Brent Staples of The New York Times

Editorial cartooning: Darrin Bell, freelancer

Breaking news photography: Reuters

Feature photography: Lorenzo Tugnoli of The Washington Post

LETTERS, DRAMA and MUSIC

Fiction: “The Overstory” by Richard Powers (W.W. Norton)

Drama: “Fairview” by Jackie Sibblies Drury

History: “Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom” by David W. Blight (Simon & Schuster)

Biography: “The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke” by Jeffrey C. Stewart

(Oxford University Press)

Poetry: “Be With” by Forrest Gander (New Directions)

Nonfiction: “Amity and Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing of America” by Eliza Griswold (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

Music: prism by Ellen Reid, premiered by the Los Angeles Opera

Special Citations: Capital Gazette, Annapolis, Md.; and Aretha Franklin

Write to Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg at jeffrey.trachtenberg@wsj.com

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