Aretha Franklin Posthumously Honored With Pulitzer Prize

Editor Rick Hutzell center gives a speech to his staff including Chase Cook Nicki Catterlin Rachael Pacella Selene San Felice and Danielle Ohl at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis Md. Monday

According to the website of the Pulitzer Prizes, photography staff of Reuters, including Kim, Loren Elliott and Lucy Nicholson were named the victor of the breaking news photography award.

This included a special public service award to South Florida Sun Sentinelfor its coverage of the shooting rampage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Seventeen students and staff were killed in the shooting.

In the breaking news category, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette was honoured for its coverage of the October 2018 shooting at a synagogue in the city that left 11 people dead. The newspaper published on schedule the day after the shooting claimed five staffers' lives, in one of the deadliest attacks on journalists in USA history. It was one of the deadliest attacks on journalists in USA history.

The man charged in the shooting had a longstanding grudge against the paper.

Aretha, who passed away in August 2018 at age 76 after a battle with pancreatic cancer, was honored with the Pulitzer Prize Special Citation.

The Journal revealed past year that then-candidate Trump's personal lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen had paid $130,000 in the run-up to his 2016 election to silence porn star Stormy Daniels, who said she had an affair with Trump.

The New York Times won a prize for explanatory reporting of Mr Trump's finances and tax avoidance and another for editorial writing. Trump has denied having affairs with either woman.

Trump, who has broken with presidential precedent by refusing to release his income tax returns, has called the Times expose a false "hit piece".

The Los Angeles Times took the investigative reporting prize for stories that revealed hundreds of sexual abuse accusations against a recently retired University of Southern California gynecologist.

The Washington Post also won two Pulitzers for photojournalism in Yemen and for criticism.

The Pulitzers, U.S. journalism's highest honor, reflected a year when journalism increasingly came under attack in other ways.

Aretha Franklin has been awarded a special citation honouring "her indelible contribution to American music and culture for more than five decades".

Named after a newspaper publisher, the Pulitzer Prizes, one of the world's most renowned journalism awards, were first given in 1917. The drama prize went to "Fairview", by Jackie Sibblies Drury, and Eliza Griswold's "Amity and Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing of America" won for general nonfiction. The poetry award was given to Forrest Gander's elegiac "Be With". From the arts world, other recipients include Duke Ellington, Bob Dylan, John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, George Gershwin, Ray Bradbury, William Schuman, Milton Babbitt, Scott Joplin, Roger Sessions, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II.

The Associated Press won a Pulitzer for global reporting for its coverage of the war in Yemen.

Reporter Maggie Michael, photographer Nariman El-Mofty and videographer Maad al-Zikry spent a year producing a series of stories that told of how people in parts of Yemen were reduced to eating leaves while corrupt officials diverted worldwide food aid. Trump has previously taken issue with the Pulitzer Prizes that were handed out in 2018 to stories that examined his campaign's ties to Russian Federation, claiming that Robert Mueller's "no collusion" findings meant that the reporters should return their honors.

In a series of stories, they told of how people in parts of Yemen were reduced to eating leaves while corrupt officials diverted worldwide food aid.

Reuters was also recognised for worldwide reporting for its coverage of the crackdown on Rohingya Muslims. Both are serving a seven-year sentence after being convicted of violating Myanmar's Secrets Act. Their supporters say the two were framed in retaliation for their reporting.

"Fairview" begins as a contemporary domestic comedy involving a well-off black family and ends with the invisible fourth wall destroyed and the audience pulled down a rabbit hole involving race and identity.

Fairview played sold-out runs at Soho Rep, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, and Theatre for a New Audience.

Reid's opera, "prism", premiered in November as part of Los Angeles Opera's Off Grand series for experimental works. Times music critic Mark Swed lauded it as "ineffably moving".

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