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Pulitzer Center Update May 9, 2022

Pulitzer Prizes Recognize Reporting by Grantees, Board Member

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In Milwaukee, electrical fires hit Black renters hardest.

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Among the winners and finalists of the 2022 Pulitzer Prizes are a Pulitzer Center-supported project by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and a project by Center board member Azmat Khan and the staff at The New York Times.

Khan and her team at The New York Times won the international reporting category for their extensive reporting on the civilian toll of U.S.-led airstrikes in Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan. Countering official records, they revealed the fallacies and impunity of what had been pushed as a more precise technology to reduce an unpopular on-the-ground “forever war” in these countries.

In the judges’ remarks, co-chair Katherine Boo lauded Khan for her painstaking work not only to collect the data, but also for her work with victims and their families. “Work of this caliber honors the prize,” Boo concluded.

Khan joined the Pulitzer Center board in February. She is the Patti Cadby Birch assistant professor at Columbia University’s Journalism School and the inaugural director of Columbia’s new Center for Global Journalism. 

For their series titled Wires and Firesthe Milwaukee Journal Sentinel was named a finalist in the public service category. Grantees Daphne Chen, Raquel Rutledge, and John Diedrich revealed through their reporting for the Journal Sentinel a trend of electrical fires in the city’s poorest neighborhoods. Hiring a master electrician to inspect randomly selected homes and revealing the systemic nature of the perpetual dilapidation of poor neighborhoods, the authors designed a study that demands accountability.

For a complete list of winners, click here.

The Pulitzer Center is not affiliated with the Pulitzer Prizes.