NEW YORK – The New York Times and weekly magazine The New Yorker shared on Monday the Pulitzer Prize for public service, presented by Columbia University, for breaking the sexual abuse and harassment scandal involving movie producer Harvey Weinstein.
The awards were announced by Pulitzer administrator Dana Canedy, the first woman of color to present the prizes in their 102-year history.
In October 2017, The New York Times published a report documenting how the producer reached numerous out-of-court settlements to resolve sexual harassment complaints brought against him by former employees and associates.
The New Yorker added its own reporting to that of The Times, publishing testimony of some of those affected by Weinstein’s depredations.
The New York daily also shared the Pulitzer for national reporting with The Washington Post for their articles about Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
Jake Halpern and Michael Sloan, with The Times, also received the Pulitzer for editorial cartooning.
The Post received a second Pulitzer for investigative reporting after uncovering the case against former judge and Republican Senate candidate for Alabama Roy Moore, who was accused of engaging in sexual relationships with several teenage girls decades ago.
Meanwhile, the award for best breaking news coverage went to The Press Democrat for its work on the wildfires that devastated the Coffey Park neighborhood in Santa Rosa, California.
The Arizona Republic and USA Today Network shared the award for best explanatory reporting for their multimedia examination of the wall President Donald Trump wants to build along the southern border, and The Cincinnati Enquirer took home the prize for best local reporting with its work on the heroin epidemic.
In addition to the prestige and global recognition associated with the Pulitzers, the winners also take home $15,000 in cash, except in the case of the prize for public service in journalism, which recognizes a publication rather than an individual and is acknowledged with a gold medal.
In making the announcement for the coveted prizes, Canedy said the winners “uphold the highest purpose of a free and independent press, even in the most trying of times,” adding that “Their work is real news of the highest order, executed nobly, as journalism was always intended, without fear or favor.”