Aretha Franklin, Fairview Among 2019 Pulitzer Prize Winners

Aretha Franklin. Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

Aretha Franklin got the respect she deserved with this year’s Pulitzer Prizes. Franklin posthumously received one of two Special Citations, “for her indelible contribution to American music and culture for more than five decades.” The second citation went to the staff of the Capital Gazette. The South Florida Sun Sentinel for its reporting on the Parkland school shooting and Jackie Sibblies Drury’s play Fairview were also among the winners. The full list of Pulitzer winners is here.


Public Service: The South Florida Sun Sentinel

Breaking News Reporting: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Investigative Reporting: Matt Hamilton, Harriet Ryan, and Paul Pringle of the Los Angeles Times

Explanatory Reporting: David Barstow, Susanne Craig, and Russ Buettner of the New York Times

Local Reporting: The Advocate

National Reporting: The Wall Street Journal

International Reporting: Maggie Michael, Maad al-Zikry and Nariman El-Mofty of Associated Press and the staff at Reuters

Feature Writing: Hannah Dreier, ProPublica

Commentary: Tony Messenger, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Criticism: Carlos Lozada, the Washington Post

Editorial Writing: Brent Staples, the New York Times

Editorial Cartooning: Darrin Bell, freelancer

Breaking News Photography: Reuters

Feature Photography: Lorenzo Tugnoli, the Washington Post

Letters, Drama & Music

Fiction: The Overstory, by Richard Powers

Drama: Fairview, by Jackie Sibblies Drury

History: Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom, by David W. Blight

Biography: The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke, by Jeffrey C. Stewart

Poetry: Be With, by Forrest Gander

General Nonfiction: Amity and Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing of America, by Eliza Griswold

Music: p r i s m, by Ellen Reid

Aretha Franklin, Fairview Among 2019 Pulitzer Prize Winners