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2016 Pulitzer Prize winners include Hamilton, things that aren’t Hamilton

(Photo: Getty Images)
(Photo: Getty Images)

The 100th annual Pulitzer Prize winners were announced today in a live stream on YouTube, and in case that’s not 2016 enough for you, the Drama award went to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s inescapable Broadway hit Hamilton—the first musical to win since 2010. Other winners include Viet Thanh Nguyen’s The Sympathizer for the Fiction award, William Finnegan’s Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life for Biography/Autobiography, and Henry Threadgill’s In For A Penny, In For A Pound for the Music award.


In the journalism categories, The Associated Press won for Public Service, The Los Angeles Times won best Breaking News Reporting, T. Christian Miller from ProPublica and Ken Armstrong of The Marshall Project won the Explanatory Reporting award for “An Unbelievable Story Of Rape,” and the Boston Globe’s Jessica Rinaldi won for Feature Photography. Additionally, New Yorker TV critic Emily Nussbaum won the Criticism Pulitzer, and fellow New Yorker writer Kathryn Schulz won for Feature Writing.

The full list of winners is below, along with a video of the full presentation—nearly seven minutes of which is spent on people patiently waiting for the presentation to start.

2016 Pulitzer Prize Winners:


Public Service: The Associated Press

Breaking News Reporting: The Los Angeles Times

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

Explanatory Reporting: T. Christian Miller of ProPublica and Ken Armstrong of the Marshall Project

Local Reporting: Tampa Bay Times

National Reporting: The Washington Post

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 of Sun Newspapers, Charlotte Harbor, Florida

Editorial Cartooning: Jack Ohman of The Sacramento Bee

Breaking News Photography: Mauricio Lima, Sergey Ponomarev, Tyler Hicks, Daniel Etter of the New York Times; and the photography staff of Thomson Reuters

Feature Photography: Jessica Rinaldi of the Boston Globe

Letters and Drama:

Fiction: Viet Thanh Nguyen for The Sympathizer

Drama: Lin-Manuel Miranda for Hamilton

History: T.J. Stiles for Custer’s Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America


Biography or Autobiography: William Finnegan for Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life

Poetry: Peter Balakian for Ozone Journal

General Non-Fiction: Joby Warrick for Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS

Music: Henry Threadgill for In For A Penny, In For A Pound

[via Entertainment Weekly]