Aretha Franklin earns posthumous Pulitzer prize

Dana Canedy the administrator of The Pulitzer Prizes announces the 2018 winners at Columbia University in New York

Dana Canedy the administrator of The Pulitzer Prizes announces the 2018 winners at Columbia University in New York

"She's continued to receive multiple awards - she's received nearly every award imaginable and now to get the Pulitzer Prize, it's just fantastic", Ms Owens said in an interview with The Associated Press.

The New York Times and Washington Post won journalism awards for their coverage of President Trump, while there was a special citation for the staff of the Capital Gazette, a paper in Maryland that suffered a deadly attack in its newsroom.

Aretha Franklin received an honorary Pulitzer Prize on Monday, as judges praised the Queen of Soul "for her indelible contribution to American music and culture".

The Journal won its Pulitzer in national reporting for its investigations of hush money payments orchestrated by the president's former lawyer, Michael Cohen, to silence women who claimed to have had affairs with Trump.

The Los Angeles Times took the investigative reporting prize for stories that revealed hundreds of sexual abuse accusations against a recently retired University of Southern California gynecologist.

The Pulitzers also honour the best in literature, theatre, and journalism.

The AP's worldwide 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. Trump has previously taken issue with the Pulitzer Prizes that were handed out in 2018 to stories that examined his campaign's ties to Russian Federation, claiming that Robert Mueller's "no collusion" findings meant that the reporters should return their honors. Congratulations to Aretha Franklin.

While David Blight picked up the history prize for his acclaimed biography of Frederick Douglas, the escaped slave who became a leader of the abolitionist movement.

Franklin is one of less than a dozen musicians - and the first female artist - to receive the Pulitzers' Special Citation for the arts; previous winners include Rodgers & Hammerstein, George Gershwin, Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, Bob Dylan and, most recently in 2010, Hank Williams.

Reuters won an global reporting award for work that cost two of its staffers their liberty: shedding light on a brutal crackdown on Rohingya Muslims by security forces in Buddhist-majority Myanmar.

To that end, Jackie Sibblies Drury's "Fairview", a piercing look at race and class in America, won the Pulitzer Prize for drama, beating out Clare Barron's "Dance Nation and Heidi Schreck's "What the Constitution Means to Me".

This year's Pulitzer Prize for music went to Ellen Reid's opera p r i s m [sic].

Reuters' South Korean photographer Kim Kyung-hoon won a Pulitzer Prize on Tuesday for his work on Central American migrants.

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