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Kendrick Lamar becomes first rapper to win Pulitzer Prize

Kendrick Lamar becomes first rapper to win Pulitzer Prize

The Pulitzer Prizes recognize the best journalism of 2017 in newspapers, magazines and websites.

In announcing the journalism prizes, Pulitzer administrator Dana Canedy said the winners "uphold the highest goal of a free and independent press, even in the most trying of times".

"A virtuosic song collection", the Pulitzer board writes of DAMN. "Most importantly, the work cited brought illumination to complex and troubling issues, helped to right wrongs, humanized some of the greatest challenges faced by our nation and served as a catalyst for vital dialogue".

USA TODAY NETWORK, in its second full year of operation, was a finalist last year for Dishonor Roll, a series on abusive teachers, led by Steve Reilly.

In other categories, the Arizona Republic and USA Today Network won the explanatory reporting prize for a multi-format look at the challenges and consequences of building the Mexican border wall that was a centerpiece of Trump's campaign.

Barbara Bush in 'great spirits' after declining treatment
A premature article announcing her death was published by a site that regularily posts fake news and articles that are not true. Her other sons, former President George W Bush and former Governor Jeb Bush, have been in and out visiting her the past week.

The New York Times and the New Yorker won the public service prize for sexual misconduct reporting that galvanized the #MeToo movement.

Weinstein's wife left him and police opened criminal investigations in London, Los Angeles and NY. The awards were given out Monday at an announcement at New York's Columbia University. The report included interviews with thirteen women who said Weinstein sexually harassed or assaulted them between the nineteen-nineties and 2015.

An Alabama columnist and the Washington Post won a Pulitzer for stories uncovering the past of Republican Roy Moore during Alabama's U.S. Senate campaign a year ago.

Lamar's "DAMN" was announced as the recipient of the prestigious award on Monday, a history-making first for a rap artists, as the music award is typically given to classical or jazz works.

The Press Democrat of Santa Rosa, California, won the breaking news award for coverage of the wildfires that swept through California's wine country last fall. This announcement marks the 102nd year of the Prizes.


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