NEW YORK (AP) – The Latest on the announcement of the 2020 Pulitzer Prizes (all times local):
The Pulitzer Prize for public service went to a collaboration between the Anchorage Daily News and ProPublica for coverage of policing in Alaska villages.
The stories, which Pulitzer Prize Administrator Dana Canedy described as â€œriveting,â€ showed how severely public safety is lacking in Alaska, with one-third of villages having no police protection and dozens of communities hiring officers with criminal records of their own.
The coverage brought in funding and inspired legislative change.
Michael R. Jacksonâ€™s musical â€œA Strange Loop,â€ a musical about a man trying to write a musical, has won the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for drama.
Jackson, who wrote the music, story and lyrics, centers on an overweight, overwhelmed â€œball of black confusionâ€ trying to navigate the worlds of white, black, gay as well as his familyâ€™s religion.
â€œNo one cares about a writer who is struggling to write,â€ sings the anxiety-ridden lead character, Usher.
The Pulitzer board called it a â€œmeditation on universal human fears and insecurities.â€ The play was seen off-Broadway in 2019 at Playwrights Horizons.
The Pulitzer drama award is â€œfor a distinguished play by an American author, preferably original in its source and dealing with American life,â€ according to the guidelines. Musicals rarely claim the Pulitzer, with only â€œNext to Normalâ€ and â€œHamiltonâ€ winning since 2010.
The Anchorage Daily News and ProPublica won the Pulitzer Prize in public service Monday for illuminating the sparse policing of many Alaska villages.
The New York Times won the investigative reporting prize for an expose of predatory lending in the New York City taxi industry, while the staff of The Courier-Journal of Louisville, Kentucky, took the breaking news reporting award for quickly unpacking racial disparities and other issues in a spate of governorâ€™s pardons.
A first-ever award for audio reporting went to â€œThis American Life,â€ the Los Angeles Times and Vice News for â€œThe Out Crowd,â€ an examination of the Trump administrationâ€™s â€œremain in Mexicoâ€ immigration policy.
Colson Whitehead became the rare writer to win Pulitzers for consecutive books.
His novel about a brutal Florida reform school, â€œThe Nickel Boys,â€ received the fiction prize Monday. Whiteheadâ€™s most recent previous book, â€œThe Underground Railroad,â€ won for fiction in 2017.
He is also known for such acclaimed works as â€œJohn Henry Daysâ€ and â€œThe Intuitionist.â€
The drama winner was Michael R. Jacksonâ€™s musical â€œA Strange Loop.â€ Benjamin Moserâ€™s â€œSontag: Her Life and Work,â€ about the late Susan Sontag, won for biography.
There were two winners in general nonfiction: Greg Grandonâ€™s â€œThe End of the Mythâ€ and Ann Boyerâ€™sâ€™ â€œThe Undying.â€
In history, W. Caleb McDaniel won for â€œSweet Taste of Liberty.â€ The poetry winner was Jericho Brownâ€™s â€œThe Tradition.â€
In music, the winner was Anthony Davisâ€™ opera â€œThe Central Park Five,â€ about the five young men wrongly imprisoned for sexual assault. __
This item has been corrected to show that the fiction prize winner’s first name is Colson, not Colton.
The Associated Press won a Pulitzer in feature photography for images made during Indiaâ€™s clampdown on Kashmir, where a sweeping curfew and shutdowns of phone and internet service added to the challenges of telling showing the world what was happening in the region of 7 million people.
AP Photographers Dar Yasin, Mukhtar Khan and Channi Anand snaked around roadblocks, sometimes took cover in strangersâ€™ homes and hid cameras in vegetable bags to capture images of protests, police and paramilitary action and daily life. Then they headed to an airport to persuade travelers to carry the photo files out with them and get them to APâ€™s office in New Delhi.
â€œIt was always cat-and-mouse,â€ Yasin said, later adding: â€œThese things made us more determined than ever to never be silenced.â€