May 8, 2023

The winners of the 2023 Pulitzer Prizes were announced from Columbia University Monday afternoon.

The Pulitzers are regarded as the highest honor that a U.S.-based journalist or organization can receive.

Poynter President Neil Brown is co-chair of the Pulitzer Prize Board. Brown declined to discuss last week’s board deliberations, but offered:

“At a time when the media business is abuzz with excitement and anxiety about powerful new tech tools, there is nothing — nothing — artificial about the courageous reporting and storytelling the Pulitzer Prizes honors today. Journalism is a differentiator, not a commodity.”

Here are the 2023 Pulitzer Prize winners:

Breaking News Reporting

Awarded to the staff of the Los Angeles Times for revealing a secretly recorded conversation among city officials that included racist comments, followed by coverage of the resulting turmoil and deeply reported pieces that delved into the racial issues affecting local politics


Investigative Reporting

Awarded to the staff of The Wall Street Journal for accountability reporting on financial conflicts of interest among officials at 50 federal agencies that revealed officials who traded stocks they regulated and other ethical violations


Explanatory Reporting

Awarded to Caitlin Dickerson of The Atlantic for deeply reported and compelling accounting of the Trump administration policy that separated migrant children from their parents, leading to abuses that have persisted under the Biden administration


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Local Reporting

This year, there are two winners of the Pulitzer Prize for Local Reporting:

Awarded to John Archibald, Ashley Remkus, Ramsey Archibald and Challen Stephens of for a series exposing how the police force in the town of Brookside preyed on residents to inflate revenue — coverage that prompted the resignation of the police chief, four new laws and a state audit

Awarded to Anna Wolfe of Mississippi Today for reporting that revealed how a former Mississippi governor used his office to steer millions of state welfare dollars to benefit his family and friends, including NFL quarterback Brett Favre


  • The staff of the Los Angeles Times for coverage of the state’s legal cannabis industry

National Reporting

Awarded to Caroline Kitchener of The Washington Post for unflinching reporting that captured the complex consequences of life after Roe v. Wade, including a story about a Texas teenager who gave birth to twins after new restrictions denied her an abortion


International Reporting

Awarded to the staff of The New York Times for coverage of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, including an eight-month investigation into Ukrainian deaths in Bucha and the Russian unit responsible for the killings


Feature Writing

Awarded to Eli Saslow of The Washington Post for evocative individual narratives about people struggling with the pandemic, homelessness, addiction and inequality that collectively form a sharply observed portrait of contemporary America



Awarded to Kyle Whitmire of for measured and persuasive columns that document how Alabama’s Confederate heritage still colors the present with racism and exclusion, told through tours of its first capital, its mansions and monuments, and through history that has been omitted


  • Xochitl Gonzalez of The Atlantic for columns that explore how gentrification and the predominant white culture in the U.S. stifle the physical and emotional expression of racial minorities
  • Monica Hesse of The Washington Post for columns that convey the anger and dread that many Americans felt about losing their right to an abortion after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade


Awarded to Andrea Long Chu of New York Magazine for book reviews that scrutinize authors and their works, using multiple cultural lenses to explore some of society’s most fraught topics


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Editorial Writing

Awarded to Nancy Ancrum, Amy Driscoll, Luisa Yanez, Isadora Rangel and Lauren Constantino of the Miami Herald for a series of editorials on the failure of Florida public officials to deliver on many taxpayer-funded services and amenities promised to residents over decades


Illustrated Reporting and Commentary

Awarded to Mona Chalabi of The New York Times for striking illustrations that combine statistical reporting with keen analysis to help readers understand the immense wealth and economic power of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos


Breaking News Photography

Awarded to the photography staff of The Associated Press for unique and urgent images from the first weeks of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, including the devastation of Mariupol after other news organizations left, victims of Russian targeting of the civilian infrastructure and the resilience of Ukrainian people who were able to flee


Feature Photography

Awarded to Christina House of the Los Angeles Times for an intimate look into the life of a pregnant 22-year-old woman living on the street in a tent, images that show her emotional vulnerability as she tries and loses the struggle to raise her child


Audio Reporting

Awarded to the staff of Gimlet Media, notably Connie Walker, whose investigation into her father’s troubled past revealed a larger story of abuse of hundreds of Indigenous children at an Indian residential school in Canada, including other members of Walker’s extended family, a personal search for answers expertly blended with rigorous investigative reporting


Public Service

Awarded to The Associated Press for the work of Mstyslav Chernov, Evgeniy Maloletka, Vasilisa Stepanenko and Lori Hinnant, courageous reporting from the besieged city of Mariupol that bore witness to the slaughter of civilians in Russia’s invasion of Ukraine


  • The Austin American-Statesman, in collaboration with the USA Today Network, for unflinching coverage of local law enforcement’s flawed response to the massacre in Uvalde, Texas
  • The Washington Post for an exhaustive investigation of the fentanyl crisis in the United States and the government’s failure to address the epidemic

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Ren LaForme is the Managing Editor of He was previously Poynter's digital tools reporter, chronicling tools and technology for journalists, and a producer for…
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