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Aretha Franklin was just awarded a Pulitzer Prize!

17 April 2019

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette received a breaking news award for its "immersive, compassionate" reporting of last October's attack at a Pennsylvania synagogue that left 11 people dead. The newspaper published on schedule the day after the shooting claimed five staffers' lives.

In the US, journalists have been contending with attacks on the media's integrity from the president on down. Franklin and the Capital Gazette newspaper received special citation honors this year.

The 2019 Pulitzer Prizes, rewarding journalism and cultural excellence, were handed out on Monday, with a special emphasis going to investigations involving Donald Trump and reporting on gun safety issues in the aftermath of mass shootings.

The New York Times won a prize for explanatory reporting of Mr Trump's finances and tax avoidance and another for editorial writing.

Trump has denied having affairs with the women.

Trump, who has broken with presidential precedent by refusing to release his income tax returns, has called the Times expose a false "hit piece".

The Los Angeles Times' report on a University of Southern California gynecologist who allegedly abused hundreds of young women earned a prize for investigative reporting.

Harriet Ryan, Matt Hamilton and Paul Pringle won the prize Monday for their stories about Dr. George Tyndall, which started with an anonymous tip Ryan received.

The Washington Post also won two Pulitzers for photojournalism in Yemen and for criticism. And then you think of Aretha Franklin, who came out of gospel and brought into it popular music.

Singer Aretha Franklin was given an honorary Pulitzer Prize, cited posthumously for her extraordinary career.

For literature, Richard Powers' novel The Overstory won the fiction prize, while David Blight's biography of Frederick Douglass won for the best work of history.

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The biography award went to Jeffrey Stewart's The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke, and Eliza Griswold's Amity and Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing of America won the award in the general non-fiction category.

This year's Pulitzer Prize for music went to Ellen Reid's opera p r i s m [sic]. The poetry award was given to Forrest Gander's elegiac "Be With".

The iconic music star became the 12th musician, and first female performer, to be given the citation - joining the likes of Bob Dylan, Scott Joplin and John Coltrane.

The award for global reporting went to a team of Associated Press journalists for their work documenting torture, graft and starvation in Yemen's brutal civil war.

As a result of the work by reporter Maggie Michael, photographer Nariman El-Mofty and video journalist Maad al-Zikry, at least 80 prisoners were released from secret detention sites, and the United Nations rushed food and medicine to areas where the AP revealed that people were starving while corrupt officials diverted global food aid.

As reported by CNN, Aretha Franklin is officially a Pulitzer Prize victor.

In a series of stories, they told of how people in parts of Yemen were reduced to eating leaves while corrupt officials diverted global food aid.

Reuters was honoured for worldwide reporting for its coverage of atrocities committed against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar. Its reporters, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, are serving a seven-year sentence after being convicted of violating Myanmar's Secrets Act. Their supporters say the two were framed in retaliation for their reporting.

Jackie Sibblies Drury won the drama prize for Fairview, a play which seems to be a black family comedy in the style of The Cosby Show or A Different World, but takes some unexpected turns, both for the characters onstage and the audience themselves.

"Fairview", by Brooklyn-based playwright Drury, was honored in the drama category.

Aretha Franklin was just awarded a Pulitzer Prize!