The New York Times won three Pulitzer Prizes on April 16, bringing its industry-leading total to 125 since the prizes were first awarded in 1917.
The Times was recognized for coverage that led to an international reckoning on sexual harassment; investigating the connections between associates of President Trump and Russia; and chronicling the adjustment of Syrian refugees in a series of editorial cartoons.
Read more about the winners below, or browse through The Times’s 125 winners here.
And here’s a list of all the 2018 winners and finalists.
Public Service: ‘Harassed’
The staff of The Times was recognized with the public service award for giving voice to sexual harassment victims of men in powerful positions, including prominent figures like Harvey Weinstein and the managers on a factory floor. The Times shared the award with Ronan Farrow of The New Yorker, who also covered the allegations against Mr. Weinstein.
The journalists and their sources faced threats, attacks, retaliation and spying. But the whispers turned into on-the-record accusations, and the resulting stories unearthed secret settlements and brought hidden histories of harassment to the forefront, sparking a discussion that touched every corner of American life.
In April, Emily Steel and Michael S. Schmidt disclosed a series of sexual harassment allegations against Bill O’Reilly, the top-rated Fox News host, and he was forced out less than three weeks later. Read the investigation that started it: Bill O’Reilly Thrives at Fox News, Even as Harassment Settlements Add Up.
The Times created a team of journalists to investigate other men who had abused their power. In October, Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey published an article that journalists had long chased but had never been able to confirm: Harvey Weinstein Paid Off Sexual Harassment Accusers for Decades. They followed up in December, joined by Susan Dominus, Jim Rutenberg and Steve Eder, with an examination of the people and systems who enabled his abuse.
Times journalists continued their pursuit. Ms. Steel examined the culture at a digital media powerhouse: At Vice, Cutting-Edge Media and Allegations of Old-School Sexual Harassment.
Women in Silicon Valley said they were harassed by investors and mentors: Women in Tech Speak Frankly on Culture of Harassment.
Years of unsubstantiated rumors from another sector of the entertainment industry finally ended up on the record: Louis C.K. Is Accused by 5 Women of Sexual Misconduct.
Ten women said a major figure in the food industry had subjected them to unwanted advances: Ken Friedman, Power Restaurateur, Is Accused of Sexual Harassment.
It was the sixth time The Times has won the public service award since the Pulitzers were established in 1917, and the first since 2004.
National Reporting: Trump and the Russians
The staff of The Times was recognized with the national reporting award for changing the nation’s understanding of Russian interference in the 2016 election, investigating whether there was collusion between the President Trump’s campaign and Russia and whether Mr. Trump had tried to obstruct the investigation. The Times shared the award with The Washington Post.
When The Times approached the White House in July 2017 with knowledge of a secret meeting during the 2016 campaign between Russians and top advisers to Donald J. Trump, the administration put out a false statement, saying the meeting was set up to discuss Russian adoptions. But continued digging showed Moscow had offered compromising information on Hillary Clinton, and that the Trump campaign was eagerly interested in the information.
The special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, learned of the meeting’s true purpose from The Times, prompting him to investigate further. Read the original story that upended the White House’s contention that there had been no communication with foreign entities: Trump Team Met With Lawyer Linked to Kremlin During Campaign.
Over the coming days, more details would emerge, including the text of a crucial email: Russian Dirt on Clinton? ‘I Love It,’ Donald Trump Jr. Said. Elsewhere, The Times brought context to Mr. Trump’s dealings with James Comey, the former F.B.I. director:
The White House tried to crack down on leaks, so Times reporters switched to burner phones and met with sources in their homes as the reporting continued. Other stories included Jared Kushner omitting a meeting with Russians on his security clearance forms, a look back at how the Russia inquiry began, and how Russian operators used Twitter and Facebook to spread anti-Clinton messages and spread hacked material.
It was the 13th win for The Times in the national reporting category, which has been awarded since 1948.
Editorial Cartooning: ‘Welcome to the New World’
Jake Halpern and Michael Sloan were recognized with the editorial cartooning award for their series chronicling a Syrian refugee family as they adjusted to their new life in the United States.
The series, which ran every other week in the print Sunday Review from January to September 2017, was based on the experience of a real Syrian family, combining original reporting with a novel presentation and a strong point of view. Look back at the collection of cartoons here.
The family arrived on Election Day in 2016, and quickly had to reckon with how Mr. Trump’s election would affect their family. For a year, the journalists followed the family, joining them at mosques, schools, parties, holiday celebrations and job-training programs. They were there for intimate family moments and death threats that made the family flee their town.
In a letter nominating their work for the prize, Mr. Halpern and Mr. Sloan said there was “no template for us to use.”
“The Times is full of deadline journalism but no one at the paper had ever reported out an ongoing story in comic-strip or graphic novel form,” they wrote. “As far as we know, no one ever has.”
The cartoon will be expanded into a full-length book. It was the first win for The Times in the category, which has been awarded since 1922.