‘Hamilton,’ Police Shooting Database Net Pulitzer Prizes

By Sameer Rao Apr 19, 2016

Broadway smash "Hamilton," The Washington Post’s police shooting database and photo coverage of the Syrian refugee crisis all received Pulitzer Prizes yesterday (April 18). 

This year’s ceremony, which you can watch in full above, marked the storied journalism and arts award program’s 100th anniversary. 

The Washington Post’s staff earned an award in the National Reporting category for a series of articles published between July and December 2015 that compiled and analyzed statistics on police-involved shootings. The Post also created a database to track individual shootings and patterns, which they continue to update

The New York Times and Thomson Reuters received a joint prize in the Breaking News Photography category for a photo investigation of one Syrian refugee family’s trek through Europe at the height of the refugee crisis. 

Farah Stockman, who currently works for The New York Times, won in the Commentary category for columns written while on staff at the Boston Globe that addressed the history and legacy of Boston’s long-standing segregation issues. 

Outside of journalism, "Hamilton" creator Lin-Manuel Miranda won in the Drama category. He tweeted his gratitude: 

Click here for a full list of Pulitzer winners.