New York Daily News and ProPublica won the Pulitzer Prize for public service yesterday for uncovering, primarily through the work of reporter Sarah Ryley, widespread abuse of eviction rules by the New York City police to oust hundreds of people, most of them poor minorities. Ryley worked for the Daily News at the time; she now reports for The Trace, a website on gun issues. The award was one of several involving criminal justice issues, the Associated Press reports.
The Dallas Morning News staff was a finalist in the breaking news category for coverage of the shooting that killed five police officers, as was the Orlando Sentinel staff for coverage of the mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub. Eric Eyre of the Charleston, W. Va., Gazette-Mail won the investigative reporting prize for stories on the flood of opioids flowing into depressed West Virginia counties. The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, McClatchy and the Miami Herald won the explanatory reporting award for the Panama Papers, a series using a collaboration of more than 300 reporters to expose the hidden infrastructure and global scale of offshore tax havens. The Salt Lake Tribune staff won the local reporting award for stories on the mistreatment of sexual assault victims at Brigham Young University. Finalists included the Boston Globe for a look at how the closing of psychiatric hospitals led to deadly encounters with police and the New York Times for showing that minority inmates in New York state were punished at a far higher rate than white inmates.