Pulitzer Prize Winners Announced

Cover of "The Goldfinch" by Donna Tartt

Winners of the Pulitzer Prize, the most prestigious award for journalism and arts in the U.S., were announced today. Named for newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer, the awards began in 1917 and are announced every April. Winners of 21 awards are chosen by the Pulitzer Prize board and announced by the President of Columbia University. Winners of 20 of the categories receive $10,000 and a certificate. The Public Service award in the Journalism category is always awarded to a news organization, and the award is a gold medal. Check out the list of this year's Pulitzer Prize winners below and head to your nearest Des Moines Public Library location or dmpl.org to reserve a copy of the winners. For more information about the Pulitzer Prize, go to pulitzer.org.

Books, Drama and Music

Fiction - The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (Little, Brown)

Drama - The Flick by Annie Baker

History - The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832 by Alan Taylor (W.W. Norton)

Biography - Margaret Fuller: A New American Life by Megan Marshall (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Poetry - 3 Sections by Vijay Seshadri (Graywolf Press)

General Nonfiction - Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation by Dan Fagin (Bantam Books)

Music - Become Ocean by John Luther Adams (Taiga Press/Theodore Front Musical Literature)


Public Service - Two Prizes: The Guardian US and The Washington Post

Breaking News Reporting - The Boston Globe Staff

Investigative Reporting - Chris Hamby of The Center for Public Integrity, Washington, D.C.

Explanatory Reporting - Eli Saslow of The Washington Post

Local Reporting - Will Hobson and Michael LaForgia of the Tampa Bay Times

National Reporting - David Philipps of The Gazette, Colorado Springs, CO

International Reporting - Jason Szep and Andrew R.C. Marshall of Reuters

Feature Writing - No award

Commentary - Stephen Henderson of the Detroit Free Press

Criticism - Inga Saffron of The Philadelphia Inquirer

Editorial Writing - The Editorial Staff of The Oregonian, Portland

Editorial Cartooning - Kevin Siers of The Charlotte Observer

Breaking News Photography - Tyler Hicks of The New York Times

Feature Photography - Josh Haner of The New York Times