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Trudy Rubin, a longtime Inquirer columnist and foreign affairs reporter, was named a finalist Monday for the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary.
Rubin is the foreign affairs columnist for the Philadelphia Media Network, which includes the Inquirer, Daily News, and Philly.com. She is also a member of the Inquirer’s editorial board.
The Pulitzer committee wrote that Rubin’s commentary reminds Americans “of the importance of the foreign beat during a year when their tendency was to turn inward.”
Rubin was a finalist for the same category in 2001, for her columns on Israel and the Palestinians. Her column, Worldview, appears twice weekly in the Inquirer and runs regularly in many other newspapers around the United States.
In a year when the tumultuous presidential campaign dominated U.S. news, David A. Fahrenthold of the Washington Post was honored with the Pulitzer for national reporting for exposing questionable practices at Donald Trump’s charitable foundation. The award for commentary went to Peggy Noonan of the Wall Street Journal for columns that “connected readers to the shared virtues of Americans during one of the nation’s most divisive political campaigns,” the Pulitzer judges wrote.
The New York Daily News and ProPublica won one of the highest honors, the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, for their investigation uncovering how police abused eviction rules to oust hundreds of people, mostly poor minorities, from their homes.
The New York Times’ staff received the international reporting award for its work on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s efforts to project Moscow’s power abroad. NY Times writer C.J. Chivers won the feature writing award for a story about a Marine’s descent into violence after returning home from war, told “through an artful accumulation of fact and detail.”
The winners ranged from media networks spanning hundreds of reporters to small local newspapers. Art Cullen of the Storm Lake Times, a twice-weekly, 3,000-circulation family-owned paper in Iowa, won the editorial writing award, with the judges saying his “tenacious reporting, impressive expertise and engaging writing” successfully challenged powerful corporate agricultural interests in the state.
In troubled times for newspapers, “the work that wins Pulitzer Prizes reminds us that we are not in a period of decline in journalism. Rather, we are in the midst of a revolution,” with new partnerships, technology, and media taking the field in new directions, prize administrator Mike Pride said.
The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, McClatchy, and the Miami Herald — which amassed a group of over 400 journalists to examine the leaked “Panama Papers” and expose the way that politicians, criminals and rich people stashed cash in offshore accounts — won the Pulitzer for explanatory reporting.
Eric Eyre of the Charleston Gazette-Mail won the investigative reporting prize for writing about the scourge of opiate painkillers in impoverished parts of West Virginia.
The staff of the East Bay Times in Oakland, Calif., received the breaking news reporting award for its coverage of a fire that killed 36 people at a warehouse party in Oakland and its follow-up reporting on how local officials hadn’t taken action that might have prevented it.
The staff of the Salt Lake Tribune received the local reporting award for its work on how sexual assault victims at Brigham Young University are treated.
Hilton Als, a theater critic for the New Yorker, won the prize for criticism, with judges praising the way he strove to connect theater to the real world, “shifting landscape of gender, sexuality and race.” The award in editorial cartooning went to Jim Morin of the Miami Herald for work “that delivered sharp perspectives through flawless artistry, biting prose and crisp wit.”
Freelancer Daniel Berehulak won the breaking news photography award for his images, published in the New York Times, of the toll of President Rodrigo Duterte’s crackdown on drug dealers and users in the Philippines. Berehulak won the feature photography Pulitzer in 2015 for his work on the Ebola outbreak in Africa.
This year’s feature photography winner was E. Jason Wambsgans of the Chicago Tribune, for his portrayal of a 10-year-old boy who had been shot.
Considered the most distinguished awards in American journalism, the Pulitzers are handed out in 14 categories of reporting, photography, criticism and commentary by newspapers, magazines and websites.
Arts prizes are awarded in seven categories, including fiction, drama and music.
This is the 101st year of the contest, established by newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer. Public service award winners receive a gold medal; the other awards carry a prize of $15,000 each.
To celebrate 100 years of the Pulitzer prize, and the achievements of all the winners, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News and philly.com joined with the Pennsylvania Humanities Council to mark the anniversary year with a special look at winners in all categories. Find the site here.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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