2015 Pulitzer Prize

The 2015 Pulitzer Prizes were awarded by the Pulitzer Prize Board for work during the 2014 calendar year. Prize winners and nominated finalists were announced on April 20, 2015.[1]

Prizes

Journalism

Public Service
The Post and Courier "for 'Till Death Do Us Part,' a riveting series that probed why South Carolina is among the deadliest states in the union for women and put the issue of what to do about it on the state’s agenda."[2]
The Boston Globe "for its stories, videos, photos and graphics exposing a poorly regulated, profit-driven housing system that subjected thousands of college students in Boston to unsafe, and even deadly, conditions."[2]
The Wall Street Journal "for 'Deadly Medicine,' a stellar reporting project that documented the significant cancer risk to women of a common surgery and prompted a change in the prescribed medical treatment."[2]
Breaking News Reporting
The Seattle Times staff "for its digital account of a landslide that killed 43 people and the impressive follow-up reporting that explored whether the calamity could have been avoided."[3]
The Buffalo News staff "for a superbly reported and written account of a lake-effect snowstorm, using human detail to illuminate the story and multimedia elements to help readers through the storm."[3]
Los Angeles Times staff "for a quick but thoughtful response to a shooting spree, beginning with minute-by-minute digital storytelling and evolving into print coverage that delved into the impact of the tragedy."[3]
Investigative Reporting
Eric Lipton of The New York Times "for reporting that showed how the influence of lobbyists can sway congressional leaders and state attorneys general, slanting justice toward the wealthy and connected."[4]
The Wall Street Journal staff "for 'Medicare Unmasked,' a pioneering project that gave Americans unprecedented access to previously confidential data on the motivations and practices of their health care providers."[4] The team included John Carreyrou, Chris Stewart, Rob Barry, Tom McGinty, Martin Burch, Jon Keegan and Stuart Thompson.[5]
David Jackson, Gary Marx and Duaa Eldeib of the Chicago Tribune "for their exposé of the perils faced by abused children placed in Illinois’s residential treatment centers."[4]
Explanatory Reporting
Zachary R. Mider of Bloomberg News "for a painstaking, clear and entertaining explanation of how so many U.S. corporations dodge taxes and why lawmakers and regulators have a hard time stopping them."[6]
John Ingold, Joe Amon and Lindsay Pierce of The Denver Post "for an intimate and troubling portrayal of how Colorado’s relaxed marijuana laws have drawn hundreds of parents to the state to seek miracle cures for desperately ill children."[6]
Joan Biskupic, Janet Roberts and John Shiffman of Reuters "for using data analysis to reveal how an elite cadre of lawyers enjoy extraordinary access to the U.S. Supreme Court, raising doubts about the ideal of equal justice."[6]
Local Reporting
Rob Kuznia, Rebecca Kimitch and Frank Suraci of the Daily Breeze "for their inquiry into widespread corruption in a small, cash-strapped school district, including impressive use of the paper’s website."[7]
Joe Mahr, Joseph Ryan and Matthew Walberg of the Chicago Tribune "for their probe into government corruption in a Chicago suburb, using public records, human stories and shoe-leather reporting to lay out the consequences."[7]
Ziva Branstetter and Cary Aspinwall of the Tulsa World "for courageous reporting on the execution process in Oklahoma after a botched execution – reporting that began a national discussion."[7]
National Reporting
Carol D. Leonnig of The Washington Post "for her smart, persistent coverage of the Secret Service, its security lapses and the ways in which the agency neglected its vital task: the protection of the President of the United States."[8]
Marisa Taylor, Jonathan Landay and Ali Watkins of McClatchy Newspapers "for timely coverage of the Senate Intelligence Committee's report on CIA torture, demonstrating initiative and perseverance in overcoming government efforts to hide the details."[8]
Walt Bogdanich and Mike McIntire of The New York Times "for stories exposing preferential police treatment for Florida State University football players who are accused of sexual assault and other criminal offenses."[8]
International Reporting
The New York Times staff "for courageous front-line reporting and vivid human stories on Ebola in Africa, engaging the public with the scope and details of the outbreak while holding authorities accountable."[9] This coverage was coordinated by Greg Winter.[10]
Richard Marosi and Don Bartletti of the Los Angeles Times "for reporting on the squalid conditions and brutal practices inside the multibillion dollar industry that supplies vegetables from Mexican fields to American supermarkets."[9]
Ned Parker and a team from Reuters "for intrepid reports of the disintegration of Iraq and the rise of ISIS, linking the developing catastrophe to a legacy of sectarianism, corruption and violence seeded by the U.S. invasion."[9]
Feature Writing
Diana Marcum of the Los Angeles Times "for her dispatches from California’s Central Valley offering nuanced portraits of lives affected by the state’s drought, bringing an original and empathic perspective to the story."[11]
Sarah Schweitzer of The Boston Globe "for her masterful narrative of one scientist's mission to save a rare whale, a beautiful story fortified by expansive reporting, a quiet lyricism and disciplined use of multimedia."[11]
Jennifer Gonnerman of The New Yorker "for a taut, spare, devastating re-creation of the three-year imprisonment of a young man at Rikers Island, much of it spent in solitary confinement, after he was arrested for stealing a backpack."[11]
Commentary
Lisa Falkenberg of the Houston Chronicle "for vividly-written, groundbreaking columns about grand jury abuses that led to a wrongful conviction and other egregious problems in the legal and immigration systems."[12]
David Carr of The New York Times "for columns on the media whose subjects range from threats to cable television’s profit-making power to ISIS’s use of modern media to menace its enemies."[12]
Matthew Kaminski of The Wall Street Journal "for columns from Ukraine, sometimes reported near heavy fighting, deepening readers’ insights into the causes behind the conflict with Russia and the nature and motives of the people involved."[12]
Criticism
Mary McNamara of the Los Angeles Times "for savvy criticism that uses shrewdness, humor and an insider’s view to show how both subtle and seismic shifts in the cultural landscape affect television."[13]
Manohla Dargis of The New York Times "for film criticism that rises from a sweeping breadth of knowledge – social, cultural, cinematic – while always keeping the viewer front and center."[13]
Stephanie Zacharek of The Village Voice "for film criticism that combines the pleasure of intellectual exuberance, the perspective of experience and the transporting power of good writing."[13]
Editorial Writing
Kathleen Kingsbury of The Boston Globe "for taking readers on a tour of restaurant workers’ bank accounts to expose the real price of inexpensive menu items and the human costs of income inequality."[14]
Tony Messenger and Kevin Horrigan of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch "for editorials that brought insight and context to the national tragedy of Ferguson, MO, without losing sight of the community’s needs."[14]
Jill Burcum of the Star Tribune, Minneapolis, "for well-written and well-reported editorials that documented a national shame by taking readers inside dilapidated government schools for Native Americans."[14]
Editorial Cartooning
Adam Zyglis of The Buffalo News "who used strong images to connect with readers while conveying layers of meaning in a few words."[15]
Kevin Kallaugher of The Baltimore Sun "for simple, punchy cartoons with a classic feel lampooning the hypocrisy of not just his subjects but also his readers."[15]
Dan Perkins, drawing as Tom Tomorrow, of Daily Kos "for cartoons that create an alternate universe -- an America frozen in time whose chorus of conventional wisdom is at odds with current reality."[15]
Breaking News Photography
St. Louis Post-Dispatch photography staff "for powerful images of the despair and anger in Ferguson, MO, stunning photojournalism that served the community while informing the country."[16]
Mauricio Lima, Sergey Ponomarev and Uriel Sinai of The New York Times "for photographs that portrayed the conflict in Ukraine in an intimate way, showing how the battle for power crushed the lives of people."[16]
Tyler Hicks, Sergey Ponomarev and Wissam Nassar of The New York Times "for capturing key moments in the human struggle in Gaza and providing a fresh take on a long, bloody conflict."[16]
Feature Photography
Daniel Berehulak, freelance photographer, The New York Times "for his gripping, courageous photographs of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa."[17]
Bulent Kilic of Agence France-Presse in Washington, D.C., "for his compelling photographs of Kurds fleeing ISIS attacks in small Kurdish towns on the Syrian-Turkish border."[17]
Bob Owen, Jerry Lara and Lisa Krantz of the San Antonio Express-News "for chilling photographs that document the hard road Central American migrants must follow to seek refuge in the United States."[17]

Letters, Drama, and Music

Fiction
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, "an imaginative and intricate novel inspired by the horrors of World War II and written in short, elegant chapters that explore human nature and the contradictory power of technology."[18]
Let Me Be Frank with You by Richard Ford, "an unflinching series of narratives, set in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, insightfully portraying a society in decline."[18]
The Moor's Account by Laila Lalami, "a creative narrative of the ill-fated 16th Century Spanish expedition to Florida, compassionately imagined out of the gaps and silences of history."[18]
Lovely, Dark, Deep by Joyce Carol Oates, "a rich collection of stories told from many rungs of the social ladder and distinguished by their intelligence, language and technique."[18]
Drama
Between Riverside and Crazy by Stephen Adly Guirgis, "a nuanced, beautifully written play about a retired police officer faced with eviction that uses dark comedy to confront questions of life and death."[19]
Marjorie Prime by Jordan Harrison, "a sly and surprising work about technology and artificial intelligence told through images and ideas that resonate."[19]
Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts 1, 2, 3) by Suzan-Lori Parks, "a distinctive and lyrical epic about a slave during the Civil War that deftly takes on questions of identity, power and freedom with a blend of humor and dignity."[19]
History
Encounters at the Heart of the World: A History of the Mandan People by Elizabeth A. Fenn "an engrossing, original narrative showing the Mandans, a Native American tribe in the Dakotas, as a people with a history."[20]
Empire of Cotton: A Global History by Sven Beckert, "a work of staggering scholarship arguing that slavery was crucial to the dynamism of the industrial revolution."[20]
An Empire on the Edge: How Britain Came to Fight America by Nick Bunker, "a bifocal perspective on the countdown to the American Revolution, placing the war within a broader crisis of globalization."[20]
Biography or Autobiography
The Pope and Mussolini: The Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise of Fascism in Europe by David I. Kertzer, "an engrossing dual biography that uses recently opened Vatican archives to shed light on two men who exercised nearly absolute power over their realms."[21]
Louis Armstrong: Master of Modernism by Thomas Brothers, "the masterfully researched second volume of a life of the musical pioneer, effectively showing him in the many milieus where he lived and worked in the 1920s and 1930s."[21]
Stalin: Volume I: Paradoxes of Power, 1878-1928 by Stephen Kotkin, "a superbly researched tour de force of pre- and post-revolutionary Russian history told through the life of Joseph Stalin."[21]
Poetry
Digest by Gregory Pardlo, "clear-voiced poems that bring readers the news from 21st Century America, rich with thought, ideas and histories public and private."[22]
Reel to Reel by Alan Shapiro, "finely crafted poems with a composure that cannot conceal the troubled terrain they traverse."[22]
Compass Rose by Arthur Sze, "a collection in which the poet uses capacious intelligence and lyrical power to offer a dazzling picture of our inter-connected world."[22]
General Non-Fiction
The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert, "an exploration of nature that forces readers to consider the threat posed by human behavior to a world of astonishing diversity."[23]
No Good Men Among the Living by Anand Gopal, "a remarkable work of nonfiction storytelling that exposes the cascade of blunders that doomed America’s misbegotten intervention in Afghanistan."[23]
Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China by Evan Osnos, "the story of a vast country and society in the grip of transformation, calmly surveyed, smartly reported and portrayed with exacting strokes."[23]
Pulitzer Prize for Music
Anthracite Fields by Julia Wolfe premiered in Philadelphia on April 26, 2014 by the Bang on a Can All-Stars and the Mendelssohn Club Chorus, "a powerful oratorio for chorus and sextet evoking Pennsylvania coal-mining life around the turn of the 20th Century."[24]
Xiaoxiang by Lei Liang, premiered in Boston on March 28, 2014 by the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, "a concerto for alto saxophone and orchestra, inspired by a widow’s wail and blending the curious sensations of grief and exhilaration."[24]
The Aristos by John Zorn, premiered in New York City on December 21, 2014, "a parade of stylistically diverse sounds for violin, cello and piano that create a vivid demonstration of the brain in fluid, unpredictable action."[24]

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Adam Zyglis

Adam Zyglis is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American editorial cartoonist who works for the Buffalo News of Buffalo, New York, where he replaced fellow Pulitzer Prize–winner Tom Toles, when Toles became the cartoonist for the Washington Post. Zyglis is also nationally syndicated through Cagle Cartoons, Inc.. He has also done freelance work and caricatures and cartoons for the weekly alternative Artvoice. Zyglis has won awards from the Associated College Press, and the Universal Press Syndicate, and has been nominated for several other national cartooning awards. He placed 3rd in the 2007 and 2011 National Headliner Awards. In 2013 he won the Clifford K. and James T. Berryman Award, given by the National Press Foundation. Zyglis was awarded the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning for using, in the committee's citation, "strong images to connect with readers while conveying layers of meaning in few words. "

Age of Ambition

Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China is a non-fiction book by Evan Osnos, a staff writer at The New Yorker. It was published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 2014. It chronicles the lives of people that Osnos came to know while he was in China from 2005 to 2013. It was awarded the 2014 National Book Award for Nonfiction and was a finalist for the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction.

All the Light We Cannot See

All the Light We Cannot See is a novel written by American author Anthony Doerr, published by Scribner on May 6, 2014. It won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the 2015 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction.

Set in occupied France during World War II, the novel centers on a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths eventually cross.

Anthracite Fields

Anthracite Fields is an oratorio for choir and chamber ensemble by the American composer Julia Wolfe. The work was commissioned by the Mendelssohn Club with contributions from New Music USA and was premiered by Bang on a Can All Stars and the Mendelssohn Club Chorus in Philadelphia, April 26, 2014. It was awarded the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Music.The oratorio commemorates the history of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Coal Region in what the Pulitzer Prize citation described as "a powerful oratorio for chorus and sextet evoking Pennsylvania coal-mining life around the turn of the 20th Century." Music critic Mark Swed of the Los Angeles Times praised the composition as "an unforgettably haunting, harrowing evocation of the plight of Pennsylvania's coal miners, incorporating many musical styles and effectively shadowy visuals."

Between Riverside and Crazy

Between Riverside and Crazy is a 2014 play by playwright, screenwriter, director, and actor Stephen Adly Guirgis. The play

won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the 2015 New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play, the 2015 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Play, the 2015 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play and the 2015 Off Broadway Alliance Award for Best New Play.

David Kertzer

David Israel Kertzer (born February 20, 1948) is an American anthropologist, historian, and academic leader specializing in the political, demographic, and religious history of Italy. He is the Paul Dupee, Jr. University Professor of Social Science, Professor of Anthropology, and Professor of Italian Studies at Brown University. His book The Pope and Mussolini: The Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise of Fascism in Europe (2014) won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography.

Elizabeth A. Fenn

Elizabeth Anne Fenn (born September 22, 1959) is an American historian. Her book Encounters at the Heart of the World: A History of the Mandan People, won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for History. She serves as the Walter S. and Lucienne Driskill chair in Western American History at University of Colorado-Boulder.

Gregory Pardlo

Gregory Pardlo (born November 24, 1968) is an American poet, writer, and professor. His book Digest won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. His poems, reviews, and translations have appeared in The American Poetry Review, Callaloo, Poet Lore, Harvard Review, Ploughshares, and on National Public Radio. His work has been praised for its “language simultaneously urban and highbrow… snapshots of a life that is so specific it becomes universal.”

Joe Mahr

Joe Mahr is an American investigative journalist, who won the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting.

Jordan Harrison

Jordan Harrison (born 1977) is a playwright. He grew up on Bainbridge Island, Washington. His play Marjorie Prime was a finalist for the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Julia Wolfe

Julia Wolfe (born December 18, 1958 in Philadelphia) is an American composer whose music, according to the Wall Street Journal, has "long inhabited a terrain of its own, a place where classical forms are recharged by the repetitive patterns of minimalism and the driving energy of rock." Her work Anthracite Fields, an oratorio for chorus and instruments, was awarded the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Music. In 2015 Wolfe received the Herb Alpert Award. In September 2016 Wolfe was named a MacArthur Fellow.

Kevin Sack

Kevin Sack, an American journalist, is a senior reporter for The New York Times.Sack shared a Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting in 2001 for a New York Times series on race.While at The Los Angeles Times, he received the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting, with Alan Miller, for their revelatory and moving examination of a military aircraft, nicknamed "The Widow Maker," that was linked to the deaths of 45 pilots.He was a member of The New York Times reporting team that received the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting for coverage of the 2014 Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa. Team members named by The Times were Pam Belluck, Helene Cooper, Sheri Fink, Adam Nossiter, Norimitsu Onishi, Sack, and Ben C. Solomon.

Mary McNamara

Mary McNamara (born 1963) is an American journalist and television critic for the Los Angeles Times. She won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Criticism.

Norimitsu Onishi

Norimitsu Onishi (大西 哲光, Ōnishi Norimitsu) is a Japanese Canadian journalist. He is Southern Africa Bureau Chief for the New York Times.

He was a member of The New York Times reporting team that received the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting for coverage of the 2014 Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa. Team members named by The Times were Pam Belluck, Helene Cooper, Sheri Fink, Adam Nossiter, Onishi, Kevin Sack, and Ben C. Solomon.In November 2018, Onishi wrote an article about the lonely deaths of the elderly in Japan, titled "A Generation in Japan Faces a Lonely Death" for which he was nominated as a 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing Finalist. Readers thanked Norimitsu for his "profoundly moving piece" about two people who live alone in a danchi, a sprawling government apartment complex, outside Tokyo.

Sheri Fink

Sheri Fink is an American journalist who writes about health, medicine and science.

She received the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting, "for a story that chronicles the urgent life-and-death decisions made by one hospital’s exhausted doctors when they were cut off by the floodwaters of Hurricane Katrina.". She was also a member of The New York Times reporting team that received the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting for coverage of the 2014 Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa.

Team members named by The Times were Pam Belluck, Helene Cooper, Fink, Adam Nossiter, Norimitsu Onishi, Kevin Sack, and Ben C. Solomon.As of April 2014, Fink is a staff reporter for The New York Times.

Stephanie Zacharek

Stephanie Zacharek is the film critic at Time, based in New York City. From 2013 to 2015, she was the principal film critic for The Village Voice. She was a 2015 Pulitzer Prize finalist in criticism.

Stephen Adly Guirgis

Stephen Adly Guirgis is an American playwright, screenwriter, director, and actor. He is a member and a former co-artistic director of New York City's LAByrinth Theater Company. His plays have been produced both Off-Broadway and on Broadway as well as in the UK. His play Between Riverside and Crazy won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

The Pope and Mussolini

The Pope and Mussolini: The Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise of Fascism in Europe is a 2014 Pulitzer Prize winner biography of Pope Pius XI about his relations with Benito Mussolini and rise of Fascism in Europe by David Kertzer. The book examined documentary evidence from the Vatican archives, arguing that Pope Pius XI played a significant role in supporting the rise of Fascism and Benito Mussolini in Italy, but not of Nazism in Germany.The Pope and Mussolini won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography.

Tom McGinty

Tom McGinty is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist known for his use and advocacy of computer-assisted reporting.

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