When Miami awoke to the stunning, heartbreaking news of the sudden collapse of Champlain Tower South in Surfside overnight in June, readers found the Miami Herald had already been reporting for hours.
And for that ample, wide-ranging reporting of the June 24 catastrophe that killed 98 people, the Miami Herald has won its 23rd Pulitzer Prize, the committee announced May 9. The Miami Herald was awarded the top prize in the Breaking News category, which judges how a news organization covers a major news event.
“As a newsroom, we poured our hearts into the breaking news and the ongoing daily coverage, and subsequent investigative coverage, of the Champlain Towers South condominium collapse story,” Miami Herald Executive Editor Monica Richardson wrote in a statement. “It was our story to tell because the people and the families in Surfside who were impacted by this unthinkable tragedy are a part of our community.”
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