Pulitzer Prizes: 'Underground Railroad,' Attica Book, Trump Charity Reporting Win

Pulitzer Prize Medals - P 2012

Pulitzer Prize Medals - P 2012

The 2017 Pulitzer Prizes were announced and, not surprisingly, a number of journalism awards were tied to the 2016 campaign.

The Washington Post’s David Fahrenthold won for national reporting for his stories about Donald Trump’s charitable contributions (or lack thereof). Peggy Noonan of The Wall Street Journal won for commentary.

Other journalism winners include The East Bay Times for reporting on Oakland’s Ghost Ship fire. The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, McClatchy and Miami Herald won for their blockbuster story on the Panama Papers in explanatory reporting.

For books, Colson Whitehead won in fiction for Underground Railroad, his acclaimed novel that imagines the metaphorical railroad that transported slaves to freedom was a real underground railroad. Barry Jenkins (Moonlight) recently began development of a limited series adaptation of the book for Amazon. 

Finalists in fiction were Imagine Me Gone, by Adam Haslett, a novel about a family dealing with mental illness, and The Sport of Kings by C.E. Morgan, described by the Pulitzers citation as "a daring novel that explores race, the burden of history and other themes of American life on a vast and imaginative canvas."

In history, Heather Thompson won for her book about the Attica Prison Riot, Blood in the Water. That book was acquired by Tri-Star for development in a heated bidding war. 

Finalists in history were Brothers at Arms: American Independence and the Men of France and Spain Who Saved It by Larrie D. Ferreiro and New England Bound: Slavery and Colonization in Early America by Wendy Warren

In general nonfiction, Matthew Desmond won for Evicted (lauded by the committee as "a deeply researched exposé that showed how mass evictions after the 2008 economic crash were less a consequence than a cause of poverty") and in biography, Hisham Matar won for The Return

General nonfiction finalists were In a Different Key: The Story of Autism by John Donvan and Caren Zucker and The Politics of Mourning: Death and Honor in Arlington National Cemetery by Micki McElya. In biography the finalists were In the Darkroom by Susan Faludi and When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi.

April 10, 12:40 p.m. Corrected the studio developing Underground Railroad