ABOVE PHOTO: Keith Alexander, Wesley Lowery, and Farah Stockman
Alexander, Lowery, and Stockman recognized with journalism’s Most Prestigious Award
WASHINGTON –The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) congratulates members Keith Alexander, Wesley Lowery, and Farah Stockman for winning the Pulitzer Prize, journalism’s most prestigious award.
The Washington Post staff took the award for National Reporting, for creating and using a national database to illustrate how often and why the police shoot to kill and who the victims are most likely to be. Alexander and Lowery were both part of the team coverage.
Spurred by Lowery’s proposal, the project grew into one of the largest in the newsroom’s history, said Cameron Barr, The Post’s managing editor for news. It eventually involved some 70 journalists from the paper’s national, investigative, metro, video, photo and graphics departments.
Former Boston Globe opinion writer Farah Stockman won a Pulitzer Prize for Commentary for a Boston Globe opinion series examining race and education in Boston after busing.
Stockman is now a reporter at the New York Times.
“NABJ applauds Keith, Wesley and Farah for their meritorious journalism in 2015. They are three excellent journalists most worthy of this high honor,” NABJ President Sarah Glover said. “The Post’s project on why police officers shoot to kill and Stockman’s columns on Boston’s legacy of busing embody the kind of comprehensive and vital coverage that newsrooms should be striving for. NABJ also congratulates all of the 2016 winners.”
This year marks the 100th year of the contest. The prizes were announced Monday afternoon at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
Established by newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer, the prizes were first given out in 1917. Public service award winners receive a gold medal; the other awards carry a prize of $10,000 each.
The Pulitzer Prizes recognize the best journalism of 2015 in newspapers, magazines and websites. There are 14 categories for reporting, photography, criticism and commentary.
— The Washington Post contributed to this report.