Every Spec op-ed writer's dream

Every Spec op-ed writer’s dream

This afternoon, the Columbia Journalism School announced the 2016 winners of the Pulitzer Prize. As is the tradition (and, perhaps, to make directions easier for the older writers attending the event), the prizes were awarded in Pulitzer Hall. You can watch the live announcement on Pulitzer’s website.

Notable winners included Lin-Manuel Miranda for Hamilton, Associated Press for a series exposing slavery and abuse in the Southeast Asia fishing trade that led to broad reforms in the industry, and two awards for The New Yorker (only one year after magazines became eligible for some of the awards.)

The full list of journalistic victors is 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

How prestigious can he really be with hair like that via Vladimir Babenko – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0