"She's continued to receive multiple awards - she's received nearly every award imaginable and now to get the Pulitzer Prize, it's just wonderful", Sabrina Owens, Franklin's niece and the executor of her estate, said in an interview with The Associated Press on Monday.
The Times won the prestigious journalism award for explanatory reporting for its probe of the Trump family's finances that "debunked his claims of self-made wealth and revealed a business empire riddled with tax dodges", the Pulitzer Prize Board announced during a ceremony at New York's Columbia University.
The Capital Gazette was given a special citation for its coverage and courage in the face of a massacre in its own newsroom.
The late soul singer Aretha Franklin earned a special citation from the Pulitzer committee. The man charged in the attack had a longstanding grudge against the paper.
Winners in the field of news reporting included the Wall Street Journal for its investigations of discreet payments orchestrated by Michael Cohen to silence women who claimed to have had affairs with Donald Trump before he became the United States president.
The Pulitzer for investigative reporting was awarded to three Los Angeles Times reporters for their coverage of George Tyndall, a gynecologist accused of abusing hundreds of students at the University of Southern California.
The Pulitzers, U.S. journalism's highest honor, reflected a year when journalism increasingly came under attack in other ways.
In general non-fiction, the prize went to Eliza Griswold for 'Amity and Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing of America'.
The win marks a momentous occasion as Aretha becomes the first woman to be awarded a special citation prize.
The AP's global reporting prize went to a team of journalists who spent a year documenting atrocities and suffering in Yemen, illuminating the human toll of its four-year-old civil war. The team won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in worldwide reporting for their work documenting torture, graft and starvation in Yemen's brutal civil war. Congratulations to Aretha Franklin.
Reuters was honoured for global reporting for its coverage of atrocities committed against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.
Jackie Sibblies Drury's play Fairview, which deals with white people's obsession with African American stereotypes, won the Pulitzer for drama. The show debuted at the Soho Rep, playing to sell-out crowds. Composer and sound artist Ellen Reid won the music prize for "Prism", a look at sexual assault that premiered last fall at the Los Angeles Opera. Competitive Pulitzers were awarded to books about two other giants of American history: Frederick Douglass and Alain Locke.
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