Matthew Desmond was recognized for his book on poverty and inequality in housing, Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City. Together with the New York Daily News, ProPublica won the public service award for a series investigating the NYPD’s abuse of a law to force people from their homes over alleged illegal activities. The International Consortium of Journalists won for explanatory reporting, in recognition of their work on the Panama Papers investigation. 

The playwright Lynn Nottage won her second Pulitzer for her play Sweat, about the struggles of working-class people in the factory town of Reading, Pennsylvania. And Heather Thompson won the history prize for her book Blood in the Water, about the Attica prison uprising. Thompson was instrumental in helping to develop the foundation’s work on college-in-prison.

Published in the New York Times

The Pulitzer Prizes awarded Monday encompassed, among other topics, reporting done on the presidential election; a fatal fire in Oakland, Calif.; and the attempts by the Russian government to assert its power.

The Ford Foundation

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