NEW YORK, April 10 The 101st Pulitzer Prizes, to
be announced on Monday, will pay tribute to the best in American
journalism and letters from a news year highlighted by the 2016
presidential election campaign.
The 19-member Pulitzer board, made up of past winners and
other distinguished journalists and academics, will reveal the
winners at 3 p.m. EDT (1900 GMT).
More than 2,500 entries were submitted this year, competing
for 21 prizes, including 14 of the most prestigious awards in
American journalism in categories ranging from public service
and breaking news to commentary, cartooning and photography.
Seven awards also recognize fiction, drama, history,
biographies, poetry, general nonfiction and music.
Winners often come from famed publications such as the New
York Times, Washington Post and Wall Street Journal, but the
Pulitzers have also gone to smaller, lesser known publications
across the country whose work does not always gain national
attention at the time it is published.
Last year the Tampa Bay Times and the Sarasota
Herald-Tribune won the prize for investigative reporting for
revealing the "escalating violence and neglect in Florida mental
hospitals and laid the blame at the door of state officials,"
the judges said.
The Associated Press won last year's prize for public
service for reporting on abuse in the seafood industry that
helped free 2,000 slave laborers. Reuters and The New York Times
shared the breaking news photography award for images of the
European refugee crisis.
The Los Angeles Times won the breaking news award for its
coverage of the massacre by Islamist militants in San
The Pulitzers began in 1917 after a bequest from newspaper
publisher Joseph Pulitzer. His will established Columbia
University in New York as administrator of the prizes and also
bestowed an endowment on the university to establish its School
(Reporting by Daniel Trotta; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)