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Corina Quinn
April 21, 2016

The 2016 Pulitzer Prizes were announced this week, launching celebrations in newsrooms, offices, and writing desks everywhere. Created after Joseph Pulitzer’s death in 1904—his will established their creation—the prizes are awarded in 21 categories, on subjects including journalism, poetry, music, and photography.

This year’s crop of winners included some familiar names—The Washington Post, The New York Times, and The New Yorker were in there—and fan favorites: Emily Nussbaum won for her criticism in The New Yorker; Lin-Manuel Miranda won for the widely lauded musical Hamilton.

Works covered many of the year’s biggest stories and most pressing topics, nationally and worldwide. The photography staff of Thomson Reuters, for example, won “For gripping photographs, each with its own voice, that follow migrant refugees hundreds of miles across uncertain boundaries to unknown destinations.”

The full list is below, and for links to the works, visit the Pulitzer Prizes website. Then plan to catch up on these quality reads during your next trip.

The 2016 Pulitzer Prize Winners

JOURNALISM

Public Service - Associated Press

Breaking News Reporting - Los Angeles Times Staff

Investigative Reporting - Leonora LaPeter Anton and Anthony Cormier of the Tampa Bay Times and Michael Braga of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Explanatory Reporting - T. Christian Miller of ProPublica and Ken Armstrong of The Marshall Project

Local Reporting - Michael LaForgia, Cara Fitzpatrick and Lisa Gartner of the Tampa Bay Times

National Reporting - The Washington Post Staff

International Reporting - Alissa J. Rubin of The New York Times

Feature Writing - Kathryn Schulz of The New Yorker

Commentary - Farah Stockman of The Boston Globe

Criticism - Emily Nussbaum of The New Yorker

Editorial Writing - John Hackworth and Brian Gleason of Sun Newspapers, Charlotte Harbor, FL

Editorial Cartooning - Jack Ohman The Sacramento Bee

Breaking News Photography - Mauricio Lima, Sergey Ponomarev, Tyler Hicks and Daniel Etter of The New York Times

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Photography Staff of Thomson Reuters

Feature Photography - Jessica Rinaldi of The Boston Globe

LETTERS DRAMA AND MUSIC

Fiction - The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen (Grove Press)

Drama - Hamilton by Lin-Manuel Miranda

History - Custer's Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America by T.J. Stiles (Alfred A. Knopf)

Biography - Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life by William Finnegan (Penguin Press)

Poetry - Ozone Journal by Peter Balakian (University of  Chicago Press)

Nonfiction - Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS by Joby Warrick (Doubleday)

Music - In for a Penny, In for a Pound by Henry Threadgill (Pi Recordings)

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