Out of the many in-depth stories covering Harvey Weinstein and his alleged sexual misconduct, New York Times and The New Yorker have proven to deliver excellence when it comes to reporting on the scandal. The two publications have won the Pulitzer Prize for public service for their Weinstein stories that served as a catalyst for the #MeToo movement.
The awards were announced today at Columbia University. Investigative reporters Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor wrote the story on Weinstein for the New York Times which eventually led to Weinstein’s firing and his downfall. Ronan Farrow wrote his Weinstein story for The New Yorker, which exposed Weinstein and that he has faced allegations of sexual harassment and assault for decades. Their reporting opened the floodgates to even more women and men coming forward to speak about sexual assault and harassment, igniting a flame for the #MeToo movement which is leading a shift in the treatment of women.
In addition to the New York Times and The New Yorker winning, rapper Kendrick Lamar was honored with a Pulitzer for his album DAMN. This marks the first non-classical or jazz work to win with the award.
Andrew Sean Greer’s “Less” won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction while Martyna Majok won the drama prize for “Cost of Living.” Other winners include Carolyn Fraser’s “Prairie Fires” for biography, James Forman Jr’s “Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America” for general nonfiction, Jack E. Davis’ The Gulf” for history and Frank Bidart’s “Half-Light:Collected Poems 1965-2016” for poetry
The Pulitzer Prizes recognize the best journalism of 2017 in newspapers, magazines, and websites. There are 14 categories for reporting, photography, criticism, and commentary. For the arts, prizes are awarded in seven categories, including fiction, drama, and music.