Media pioneers including playwright Lin Manuel-Miranda and executive editor of the New York Times Dean Baquet descended upon Low Library Thursday night to celebrate the 100th annual Pulitzer Prize awards.
The Pulitzers, the highest national honor for print journalism, literary achievements, and musical composition, have been awarded by Columbia University since Joseph Pulitzer endowed and created the prizes in 1917.
University President Lee Bollinger presented the awards and delivered a brief address, describing the unique connection between Columbia and the Pulitzer awards, drawing on the theme of the prizes’ centennial.
“It is the time of the creation of the School of Journalism, and it is the time of the origins of the famous Core Curriculum.” The creation of the Core, Bollinger said, ushered in “something unique in the academic world, by insisting on the close engagement of primary texts led ideally by non-experts with a mental eye towards understanding civilizations’ deepest puzzles.”
Bollinger continued by noting that the awards share the same values as the Core, as they recognize “absolute independence of mind, creativity and courage of ideas, all infused with the purpose of advancing human understanding.”
Miranda’s Broadway show “Hamilton” received the Pulitzer for Drama, the first musical to win in the section in six years. After the event, Miranda posed for pictures with the group of approximately thirty Columbia students that gathered to catch a glimpse of him.
The Associate Press won the coveted Pulitzer for Public Service for their story, “Slaves may have caught the fish you bought,” an exposé on labor abuse in Thailand's seafood business.
ProPublica and the Marshall Project were awarded for Explanatory Reporting for their story, “An Unbelievable Story of Rape,” which chronicled a failed police investigation that culminated in the prosecution of a sexual assault survivor who was accused of lying to authorities.
It is the first Pulitzer won by the Marshall Project, a nonprofit news organization covering the U.S. criminal justice system led by Neil Barsky, Journalism ’84, and Kirsten Danis, CC ’92 and the 115th editor in chief of Spectator.
See the full list of winners below:
The Associated Press
Breaking News Reporting
The Los Angeles Times
Leonora LaPeter Anton and Anthony Cormier of The Tampa Bay Times, and Michael Braga of The Sarasota Herald-Tribune
T. Christian Miller of ProPublica and Ken Armstrong of The Marshall Project
Michael LaForgia, Cara Fitzpatrick, and Lisa Gartner of The Tampa Bay Times
The Washington Post Staff
Alissa J. Rubin of The New York Times
Kathryn Schulz of The New Yorker
Farah Stockman of The Boston Globe
Emily Nussbaum of The New Yorker
John Hackworth and Brian Gleason of Sun Newspapers, Charlotte Harbor, Fla.
Jack Ohman of The Sacramento Bee
Breaking News Photography
Tyler Hicks, Mauricio Lima, Sergey Ponomarev, and Daniel Etter of The New York Times
Photography Staff of Reuters
Jessica Rinaldi of The Boston Globe
“The Sympathizer,” by Viet Thanh Nguyen
“Hamilton,” book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda
“Custer's Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America,” by T. J. Stiles
“Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life,” by William Finnegan
“Ozone Journal” by Peter Balakian
“Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS,” by Joby Warrick
“In for a Penny, In for a Pound,” by Henry Threadgill