The 2016 Pulitzer winners in journalism and the arts

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The 2016 Pulitzer Prize winners:


Public Service:

The Associated Press, for a series of articles documenting the use of slave labor in the commercial seafood industry in Indonesia and Thailand. More than 2,000 enslaved fishermen were freed after officials took action as a result of the AP's reporting.


Breaking News Reporting:

Los Angeles Times staff, for coverage of the San Bernardino massacre and the ensuing investigation.


Investigative Reporting:

Leonora LaPeter Anton and Anthony Cormier, of the Tampa Bay Times, and Michael Braga, of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, for a project on escalating violence and neglect in Florida mental hospitals.


Explanatory Reporting:

T. Christian Miller, of ProPublica, and Ken Armstrong, of The Marshall Project, for a story about police and prosecutors who didn't believe an 18-year-old Washington woman when she reported that she was raped at knifepoint, and two Colorado detectives who arrested a serial rapist were able to connect the case back to the woman.


Local Reporting:

Michael LaForgia, Cara Fitzpatrick and Lisa Gartner, of the Tampa Bay Times, for a story that studied the effects on education in Pinellas County, Florida, when schools in poor neighborhoods were essentially desegregated and neglected.


National Reporting:

The Washington Post staff, for an examination of killings by police officers in the U.S., which found that 990 people had been shot and killed by on-duty police officers nationwide in 2015.


International Reporting:

Alissa J. Rubin of The New York Times, for coverage of abuse facing the women of Afghanistan.


Feature Writing:

Kathryn Schulz of The New Yorker, for a story about rupturing of the Cascadia fault line.



Farah Stockman of The Boston Globe, for columns on the legacy of busing in Boston and its lingering effect on education.



Emily Nussbaum of The New Yorker, for television reviews.


Editorial Writing:

John Hackworth, of Sun Newspapers in Charlotte Harbor, Florida, for editorials on a deadly assault of an inmate by guards.


Editorial Cartooning:

Jack Ohman of The Sacramento Bee.


Breaking News Photography:

Mauricio Lima, Sergey Ponomarev, Tyler Hicks and Daniel Etter, of The New York Times, for photographs that captured the resolve of refugees, and Thomson Reuters staff, for photos of migrants covering hundreds of miles.


Feature Photography:

Jessica Rinaldi, of The Boston Globe, for photos of a boy who strives to find his footing after being abused.




"The Sympathizer," by Viet Thanh Nguyen



"Hamilton," by Lin-Manual Miranda



"Custer's Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America," by T.J. Stiles


Biography or Autobiography:

"Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life," by William Finnegan



"Ozone Journal," by Peter Balakian


General Nonfiction:

"Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS," by Joby Warrick



"In for a Penny, In for a Pound," by Henry Threadgill