Pulitzer Prize 2016 winners include Hamilton, Barbarian Days
The 2016 Pulitzer Prize winners for excellence in literature, journalism, music, and photography — the 100th set since awards were first handed out in 1917 — were announced Monday during a livestream session on YouTube.
Upon winning the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway hit Hamilton became the first musical to do so since 2010’s Next to Normal. William Finnegan’s memoir Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life nabbed the Pulitzer in the Biography or Autobiography category, while The Associated Press won the gold medal for Public Service.
Other publications honored as a whole include The Los Angeles Times (Breaking News Reporting), The New York Times (International Reporting), The Washington Post (National Reporting) and the Tampa Bay Times (Local Reporting). The New Yorker also picked up its first two Pulitzers for Criticism (Emily Nussbaum) and Feature Writing (Kathryn Schulz) following a 2015 decision to expand certain categories to include magazines.
The presiding board for the 2016 awards includes writers from The New York Times, The New Yorker, Bloomberg News, and The Wall Street Journal. Twenty winners will receive a cash prize of $10,000 for their work, while the journalism category’s Public Service winner (a news organization, not an individual writer) will receive a gold medal.
Last year’s roster of winners in the books categories featured the likes of Anthony Doerr’s WWII-set novel All The Light We Cannot See, Elizabeth Kolbert’s nonfiction publication The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, and Gregory Pardo’s poetry collection, Digest, among others.
Watch the full 2016 Pulitzer Price announcement in the video above and see the full list of winners below.
Public Service: The Associated Press
Breaking News Reporting: The Los Angeles Times
Investigative Reporting: Leonora LaPeter Anton and Anthony Cormier of the Tampa Bay News and Michael Braga of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Explanatory Reporting: T. Christian Miller of ProPublica and Ken Armstrong of the Marshall Project
Local Reporting: Tampa Bay Times
National Reporting: The Washington Post
International Reporting: Alissa J. Rubin of The New York Times
Feature Writing: Kathryn Schulz of The New Yorker
Commentary: Farah Stockman of the Boston Globe
Criticism: Emily Nussbaum of The New Yorker
Editorial Writing: John Hackworth of Sun Newspapers, Charlotte Harbor, Florida
Editorial Cartooning: Jack Ohman of The Sacramento Bee
Breaking News Photography: Mauricio Lima, Sergey Ponomarev, Tyler Hicks, Daniel Etter of the New York Times; and the photography staff of Thomson Reuters
Feature Photography: Jessica Rinaldi of the Boston Globe
Letters and Drama
Fiction: Viet Thanh Nguyen for The Sympathizer
Drama: Lin-Manuel Miranda for Hamilton
History: T.J. Stiles for Custer’s Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America
Biography or Autobiography: William Finnegan for Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life
Poetry: Peter Balakian for Ozone Journal
General Non-Fiction: Joby Warrick for Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS
Music: Henry Threadgill for In for a Penny, In for a Pound