Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism announced the 101st annual Pulitzer Prizes Monday in NY.
Published on Page 2 of Monday's print edition of The Times, it read: "How does it feel to get a Pulitzer Prize?".
Also nominated as finalists: The Chicago Tribune for reporting on prescription drug dispensing; and the Houston Chronicle for coverage of cost-cutting that denied tutoring, counseling and other special education services to families.
In a year when the tumultuous presidential campaign dominated US news, David A. Fahrenthold of The Washington Post was honored with the Pulitzer for national reporting for exposing questionable practices at Donald Trump's charitable foundation.
For courageous reporting, performed in the face of powerful opposition, to expose the flood of opioids flowing into depressed West Virginia counties with the highest overdose death rates in the country."Chivers" class="local_link" target="_blank">C.J. Chivers also won the feature writing award for showing a Marine's postwar descent into violence.
The Sentinel staff was recognized for its reports that began at 3:21 a.m., as the shooter and hostages were still inside the club on June 12, and continued for weeks as well as for stories that detailed the lives of the 49 people who died that day and how the shooting touched Central Florida's gay and Latino communities.
The New York Daily News and ProPublica have won the Pulitzer Prize for public service for a series on how officials are using a nuisance abatement law to evict people from their homes, even if they haven't committed a crime.
The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, McClatchy and the Miami Herald have won the Pulitzer for explanatory reporting for examination of the leaked Panama Papers.
"The Pulitzer Prize Board has its own criteria and selection process and we respect their decision on this matter", Abella said.
Other domestic USA awards went to the East Bay Times of Oakland, California for breaking news, for covering a warehouse party fire that killed 36 people and exposing failures that might have prevented it.
Newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer gave money in his will to Columbia University to launch a journalism school and establish the Prize which was first awarded in 1917.
Peggy Noonan of The Wall Street Journal for columns during one of the nation's most divisive political campaigns. She is the writer of "Intimate Apparel", "By The Way, Meet Vera Stark" and "Ruined", which also won the Pulitzer Prize. Seven of the awards recognize fiction, drama, history, biographies, poetry, general nonfiction and music. Only the victor in the Public Service category of the Journalism competition is awarded a gold medal.