Here are a few highlights from the 2019 Pulitzer Prize ceremony

Dana Canedy announced the 2019 Pulitzer Prize winners Monday in New York.
Dana Canedy announced the 2019 Pulitzer Prize winners Monday in New York. (Bebeto Matthews/AP)

The 2019 Pulitzer Prize winners were announced Monday afternoon at Columbia University’s School of Journalism. Here are a few highlights from the ceremony:

Before Pulitzer Administrator Dana Canedy got to the winners, she announced she was going to “break with tradition” by shouting out a submission that didn’t win: the obituatries of the 17 students and staff members killed in the February 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School published by the school’s student newspaper, The Eagle Eye.

The South Florida Sun Sentinel won the prize in public service for its reporting on the missteps of school and law enforcement officials before and during the Parkland shooting.


The Pulitzer in breaking news reporting was awarded to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette for its coverage of the massacre at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life Synagogue that left 11 dead.

A special citation was awarded to the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Md., to honor the newspaper’s response to the fatal June 2018 newsroom shooting that claimed the lives of five of its own staff members. The citation comes with a $100,000 award “to further the newspaper’s journalistic mission.”

The Globe’s Craig F. Walker was also a finalist for the Pulitzer in feature photography for his work on “Raising Connor,” a story that chronicled the life of Connor Biscan, a 13-year-old Hopkinton boy with autism and mental health conditions.

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