Russia Probe, Sex Misconduct Among Justice-Related Pulitzers

Coverage of many criminal justice topics won Pulitzer Prizes, including stories on the investigation of the Trump campaign’s links with Russia, the sexual misconduct charges against Harvey Weinstein and Roy Moore, and the heroin epidemic in Ohio.

News coverage of sexual harassment and the Russia probe took top honors among Pulitzer Prizes announced on Monday, many of which dealt with criminal justice issues, Politico reports. The New York Times and the Washington Post each won a Pulitzer for national reporting, capping a newsroom battle last year for scoops on links between Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and Russia, the focus of an ongoing special counsel investigation into the 2016 election. The Times and the New Yorker, whose separate, groundbreaking reports on disgraced film mogul Harvey Weinstein opened the floodgates last fall, shared the public service prize. The Post picked up the investigative award for its in-depth reporting on accusations of sexual misconduct against Roy Moore, who lost his Senate bid in Alabama amid the controversy.

Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah won the feature writing award for her GQ piece “A Most American Terrorist: The Making of Dylann Roof,” about the white supremacist convicted of killing nine black churchgoers in Charleston, S.C. The staffs of The Arizona Republic and USA Today Network won the explanatory award for an ambitious project on Trump’s proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, a nine-month investigation that included dozens of reporters and photographers. The staff of the Cincinnati Enquirer took home the local award for covering the ravages of the city’s heroin epidemic. Reuters won the international reporting award for its coverage of President Rodrigo Duterte’s crackdown on drugs in the Philippines. The breaking news photography award went to Ryan Kelly of The Daily Progress of Charlottesville, Va., who captured the moment that a car plowed into counter-protesters demonstrating against a white nationalist rally in the college town, killing one of them.