Finalists Staff of Associated Press; Staff of The New York Times with contributions from Carole Cadwalladr of The Guardian/The Observer
Maggie Michael, Maad al-Zikry and Nariman El-Mofty
of Associated Press; Staff of Reuters, with notable contributions from Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo
The Reuters staff and two reporters specifically were honored for “expertly exposing the military units and Buddhist villagers responsible for the systematic expulsion and murder of Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar.” The reporters, Wa Lone, 33, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 29, were arrested in December 2017 and later sentenced to seven years in prison for reporting on the atrocities. Stephen J. Adler, Reuters’ top editor, said he was “thrilled” for the recognition, but “deeply distressed” that they reporters were still imprisoned.
Ms. Michael, Mr. al-Zikry and Ms. El-Mofty won for their series “detailing the atrocities of the war in Yemen, including theft of food aid, deployment of child soldiers and torture of prisoners.” The journalists documented, in text, video and photography, the civilian deaths caused by United States drones and interviewed torture victims in Yemen’s civil war. Ms. Michael told The Associated Press that she and her colleagues were “very happy to be able to draw some attention” to the story.
Finalist Rukmini Callimachi of The New York Times
Hannah Dreier of ProPublica
Ms. Dreier’s detailed portraits of Salvadoran immigrants were cited for exposing how their lives had been destroyed “by a botched federal crackdown on the international criminal gang MS-13.” After Ms. Dreier, 32, heard President Trump tie immigration to gang violence, her reporting revealed that immigrants were often victims of the crime groups. “What was so cruel was that this population was being preyed upon,” she said. The series was published jointly with The New York Times Magazine, Newsday and New York magazine.
Finalists Deanna Pan and Jennifer Berry Hawes of The Post and Courier, Charleston, S.C., and Elizabeth Bruenig of The Washington Post
Tony Messenger of The St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Mr. Messenger, The Post-Dispatch’s metro columnist, was cited for a series of pieces that exposed how poor people convicted of misdemeanor crimes were charged fees for their time in jail, sometimes leading to years of debt and further imprisonment. The columns resulted in a ruling by the Missouri Supreme Court that the practice was illegal, although Mr. Messenger, 52, said it persists. In an interview, he called it “a story of human tragedy.”
Finalists Caitlin Flanagan of The Atlantic; Melinda Henneberger of The Kansas City Star
Carlos Lozada of The Washington Post
Mr. Lozada, 47, The Post’s nonfiction book critic, won for reviews and essays on politics, truth, immigration and American identity in the Trump era. In an interview, he called it “an irony of the time” that a president with seemingly few literary interests had fueled such a publishing explosion of topical work. “It’s a really rich time to dig in to books as means to understand what is going on right now,” he said.