Pulitzer Prize for Public Service is awarded to The Associated Press

AP also awarded Pulitzer for Breaking News Photography for coverage of war in Ukraine


America's Newspapers congratulates all of the winners and finalists of the 2023 Pulitzer Prizes in Journalism:

Public Service

The Associated Press, for the work of Mstyslav Chernov, Evgeniy Maloletka, Vasilisa Stepanenko and Lori Hinnant — for courageous reporting from the besieged city of Mariupol that bore witness to the slaughter of civilians in Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

“AP journalists have done courageous and important work in Ukraine throughout the war, shining a spotlight in particular on the human toll of the conflict,” said AP Senior Vice President and Executive Editor Julie Pace. “From dispelling Russian misinformation to contributing to the creation of a humanitarian corridor, their work has been an incredible public service and we’re so pleased that it has been honored by the Pulitzer board.”

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  • Austin American-Statesman, in collaboration with the USA TODAY Network — for its groundbreaking coverage of the Uvalde mass shooting. "The greatest respect we could show the Uvalde community and the families of those who lost their loved ones was to expose the failure by authorities and to hold those in power to account for their actions and words," Statesman Executive Editor Manny García said. "Our team is humbled and honored to be recognized by the Pulitzer judges and board for the most distinguished of honors: meritorious public service." Read more
  • The Washington Post — for its chronicling of the government failures that helped accelerate fentanyl deaths, creating the worst drug crisis in America. Read more

Breaking News Reporting

The staff of the Los Angeles Times — for revealing a secretly recorded conversation among city officials that included racist comments, followed by coverage of the rapidly resulting turmoil and deeply reported pieces that delved further into the racial issues affecting local politics. 

In response to this award and the Pulitzer Prize that Christina House of The Times won for Feature Photography, Times Executive Editor Kevin Merida said: “These prizes reflect careful, sophisticated, nuanced reporting and photography on complex topics important to Angelenos: power, representation, race relations, homelessness. The awards are a testament to the consistent high quality of L.A. Times journalism. I am very proud of the winners and of the entire staff.”

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  • Josh Gerstein, Alex Ward, Peter S. Canellos, Hailey Fuchs and Heidi Przybyla of POLITICO — for coverage of a draft opinion from the Supreme Court that would strike down Roe v. Wade and its subsequent reporting on the high court. Read more
  • Staff of The New York Times — for its urgent and comprehensive coverage of New York City’s deadliest fire in decades, expertly combining accountability reporting across platforms with compassionate portraits of the 17 victims and the Gambian community that had long called the Bronx high-rise home.

Investigative Reporting

The staff of The Wall Street Journal — for sharp accountability reporting on financial conflicts of interest among officials at 50 federal agencies, revealing those who bought and sold stocks they regulated and other ethical violations by individuals charged with safeguarding the public’s interest. 

“The success of this extensive, expansive project is due in large part to the cross-collaborative efforts of the investigative team and the D.C. bureau, with assistance from the data and visual departments,” Emma Tucker, the Journal’s editor in chief, said in a memo Monday to staff.

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  • Joaquin Palomino and Trisha Thadani of the San Francisco Chronicle — for its three-part series “Broken Homes,” which revealed how San Francisco Mayor London Breed’s administration has failed to adequately oversee the century-old single-room-occupancy hotels, or SROs, it relies on to house the city’s most vulnerable residents.  Read more
  • Staff of the Star Tribune, Minneapolis, Minn. — for "Juvenile Injustice," a series of stories that exposed systemic failures in Minnesota's juvenile justice system. Suki Dardarian, Star Tribune editor and senior vice president, said: "The package not only uncovered systemic problems in our juvenile justice system, but it told those stories through the people that built the system and those whose lives have been changed by it. It continues to inform the civic debate at a critical time in this community, and it showed the possible paths forward." Read more

Explanatory Reporting

Caitlin Dickerson of The Atlantic — for deeply reported and compelling accounting of the Trump administration policy that forcefully separated migrant children from their parents, resulting in abuses that have persisted under the current administration.

The Atlantic’s editor in chief, Jeffrey Goldberg, wrote to staff: “Caitlin’s piece, one of the longest and most complicated stories The Atlantic has published across its 166-year history, required the unflagging work of a good portion of our comparatively small staff—from the copy-editing and fact-checking teams to our artists and designers and lawyers. Our ambitions outmatch our size, but I’m proud to say that our team rises to every challenge.”

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  • Duaa Eldeib of ProPublica —for a series, “Stillbirths,” that examines the lack of comprehensive attention and action that has contributed to a stillbirth crisis in the U.S. Read more
  • Terrence McCoy of The Washington Post —  for his revelatory series, “Amazon Undone,” on the failures of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro and the world to protect the Amazon and avert a global calamity. Read more

Local Reporting

Anna Wolfe of Mississippi Today, Ridgeland, Mississippi — for reporting that revealed how a former Mississippi governor used his office to steer millions of state welfare dollars to benefit his family and friends, including NFL quarterback Brett Favre. 

“Anna Wolfe deserves this for so many reasons,” said Adam Ganucheau, editor-in-chief at Mississippi Today. “The late nights she spent poring through spreadsheets, the sheer number of roadblocks she faced from state officials, the thoughtfulness and care she put into her writing, the passion she always has for helping Mississippians — it’s been the absolute honor of my life to get an up-close look at how hard she works and how much she cares about our state.”

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John Archibald, Ashley Remkus, Ramsey Archibald and Challen Stephens of AL.com, Birmingham — for a series exposing how the police force in the town of Brookside preyed on residents to inflate revenue, coverage that prompted the resignation of the police chief, four new laws and a state audit. 

“The power in this work is that it is done by a reporting team who lives here, understands Alabama and can report in a way that will power change here at home,” said Kelly Scott, editor in chief and vice president of AL.com.

“That’s why we do this work — the impact it has here. And that tremendous impact is what we’re most proud of with this reporting and series. This work has forever changed Alabama.”

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National Reporting

Caroline Kitchener of The Washington Post — for unflinching reporting that captured the complex consequences of life after Roe v. Wade, including the story of a Texas teenager who gave birth to twins after new restrictions denied her an abortion.

“So often people don’t hear anything about why the other side feels differently,” Kitchener said. “In my work, I really strive to sit in that complication in between two sides, in the gray areas and the nuance.”

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  • Joshua Schneyer, Mica Rosenberg and Kristina Cooke of Reuters — for a series that revealed the widespread use of child labor by auto parts suppliers and poultry slaughterhouses in the U.S. state of Alabama.
  • Stephania Taladrid, contributing writer, The New Yorker

International Reporting

The staff of The New York Times — for their unflinching coverage of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, including an eight-month investigation into Ukrainian deaths in the town of Bucha and the Russian unit responsible for the killings.

International Editor Phil Pan said: "This is a war unlike any we’ve seen in our lifetimes, a brutal trench war and proxy war unfolding more than 30 years after the end of the Cold War. The world is struggling to understand what’s happening, why it’s happening and what the consequences will be.

"Under the leadership of my predecessor, Michael Slackman; his partner and now mine, Greg Winter; and Jim Yardley, who made the big decisions before New York even woke up — The Times mobilized to cover this war, and answer these questions, in a way I’ve never seen any news organization cover any war before."

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  • Paul Carsten, David Lewis, Reade Levinson and Libby George of Reuters — for its four-part investigative series that exposed grave human rights abuses against women and children by the Nigerian military in its war with Islamist insurgents.
  • Yaroslav Trofimov and James Marson of The Wall Street Journal — for its coverage from Ukraine.

Feature Writing

Eli Saslow of The Washington Post — for evocative individual narratives about people struggling with the pandemic, homelessness, addiction and inequality that collectively form a sharply-observed portrait of contemporary America.

“He doesn't build his stories from any kind of assumption. Every sentence is a defensible piece of reporting,” said Saslow’s longtime editor, David Finkel. “He’s empathetic without being maudlin. There’s that authenticity to his work.”

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  • Elizabeth Bruenig of The Atlantic — for her relentless and groundbreaking reporting into Alabama’s deeply troubling incompetence on death row, which prompted a temporary moratorium on executions in the state.
  • Janelle Nanos of The Boston Globe


Kyle Whitmire of AL.com, Birmingham — for measured and persuasive columns that document how Alabama's Confederate heritage still colors the present with racism and exclusion, told through tours of its first capital, its mansions and monuments — and through the history that has been omitted.

“Kyle’s work is the kind of journalism that can only be done when you love a place enough to ask it to be better – and that’s what he’s done here for Alabama,” said Kelly Scott, editor in chief and vice president of content at AL.com. “The themes he brings to life show us that we have much to learn from our past — all of it.”

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  • Monica Hesse of The Washington Post — for her columns capturing the feelings of anger and dismay many Americans experienced after the fall of Roe. Read more
  • Xochitl Gonzalez of The Atlantic — for her writing in the magazine and in the Brooklyn, Everywhere newsletter that the Pulitzer Board wrote “explore how gentrification and the predominant white culture in the United States stifle the physical and emotional expression of racial minorities.” Read more


Andrea Long Chu of New York magazine — for book reviews that scrutinize authors as well as their works, using multiple cultural lenses to explore some of society’s most fraught topics.

“Andrea Long Chu’s literary criticism is remarkable for its scope as much as its pyrotechnics,” said New York editor-in-chief David Haskell. “She’s most interested in the ways some writers are always revealing themselves: via their politics, especially, and their fixations. When preparing to review a new book, she reads the author’s entire body of work, along with every interview that author has ever given, in an attempt to burrow herself into that writer’s worldview.”

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  • Jason Farago of The New York Times — for taking a critical eye to the frontlines of Ukraine to explore the cultural dimensions of the war, including verifying damages to architecture and other sites, and explaining Russia’s efforts to erase the Ukrainian identity.
  • Lyndsay C. Green of the Detroit Free Press — for her honest, diverse coverage of dining options across metro Detroit. "I am so proud of Lyndsay for her courage," Detroit Free Press Interim Editor Anjanette Delgado said. "She brings to light difficult, vitally important issues about our culture and society through dining criticism. We are honored that the Pulitzer Prize board chose to reward her work." Read more

Editorial Writing

Nancy Ancrum, Amy Driscoll, Luisa Yanez, Isadora Rangel and Lauren Costantino of the Miami Herald — for a series of editorials on the failure of Florida public officials to deliver on many taxpayer-funded amenities and services promised to residents over decades.

“This honor affirms the obvious: Opinion journalism is vital,” said Nancy Ancrum, the Miami Herald’s editorial page editor. “Opinion journalism holds the powerful to account. Opinion journalism forces things to change — for the better.

“‘Broken Promises’ acting on behalf of a public already distrustful of government, highlighted the failure of several local institutions,” Ancrum said. “I think that is an editorial board’s most profound mission.”

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  • Alex Kingsbury of The New York Times — for highlighting the existential threat of terror and violence committed by right-wing political extremists, and making the case that the United States already has the tools to fight back if resources are dedicated to the effort.
  • Lisa Falkenberg, Joe Holley, Nick Powell and the late Michael Lindenberger of the Houston Chronicle — for their work for helping Texas readers understand the mass shooting that killed 21 people, including two teachers and 19 elementary school students. Read more

Illustrated Reporting and Commentary

Mona Chalabi, contributor, The New York Times — for striking illustrations that combine statistical reporting with keen analysis to help readers understand the immense wealth and economic power of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.

Jake Silverstein, editor of The New York Times Magazine, said: "This award is first and foremost a testament to the journalistic vision and visual creativity of Mona, who has been one of the most interesting and innovative data reporters in our field for a long time, and whom we were lucky to get to work with for this project.

"It’s also a testament to the talented and collaborative digital design operation that the Magazine’s brilliant creative director, Gail Bichler, has built — and to the high standards and dedication Gail brings to everything she touches. "

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  • Matt Davies of Newsday, Long Island, N.Y.
  • Pia Guerra, contributor, The Washington Post — for her social commentary-centered illustrations, several of which appeared in The Post. Read more

Breaking News Photography

Photography Staff of The Associated Press — for unique and urgent images from the first weeks of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, including the devastation of Mariupol after other news organizations left, victims of the targeting of civilian infrastructure and the resilience of the Ukrainian people who were able to flee. 

View the haunting photos from Ukraine that earned AP a Pulitzer Prize


  • Lynsey Addario of The New York Times — for her single image of a Ukrainian mother, her two children and a church member splayed on the street of a Kyiv suburb after a mortar shell exploded on a “safe passage” route, a photograph that clearly showed that Russia was targeting civilians.
  • Rafiq Maqbool and Eranga Jayawardena of The Associated Press — View the photos

Feature Photography

Christina House of the Los Angeles Times — for an intimate look into the life of a pregnant 22-year-old woman living on the street in a tent–images that show her emotional vulnerability as she tries and ultimately loses the struggle to raise her child.

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Audio Reporting

Staff of Gimlet Media, notably Connie Walker — whose investigation into her father’s troubled past revealed a larger story of abuse of hundreds of Indigenous children at an Indian residential school in Canada, including other members of Walker’s extended family, a personal search for answers expertly blended with rigorous investigative reporting. 


  • Jenn Abelson, Nicole Dungca, Reena Flores, Sabby Robinson and Linah Mohammad of The Washington Post — for its investigative podcast, “Broken Doors.” Hosted by Jenn Abelson and Nicole Dungca, the series contextualized how no-knock warrants are deployed in the American justice system and revealed for the first time that at least 22 people had been killed in no-knock raids since 2015. Read more
  • Kate Wells, Sarah Hulett, Lindsey Smith, Laura Weber-Davis and Paulette Parker of Michigan Radio —  for its news story, "Nine Days in a Michigan Abortion Clinic, as Election Looms," which covered the complex, confusing, and at times contradictory legal landscape abortion providers and patients had suddenly been thrust into. Read more