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Pulitzer Prizes for the Los Angeles Times

Since 1942, The Times has won 44 Pulitzer Prizes, six of which are gold medals for public service.

2018 Finalist: Commentary

Steve Lopez for graceful columns rich in detail that vividly illustrated how the crippling cost of housing in California is becoming an existential crisis for the state.

2017 Finalist: Feature Photography

Katie Falkenberg for a photo essay from the front lines of Brazil’s war on Zika that showed the vulnerability, fear and love of mothers coping with the crisis.

Josemary Gomes with her son, Gilberto
An image by Pulitzer finalist Katie Falkenberg shows Josemary Gomes with her son, Gilberto, who was born with microcephaly. Katie Falkenberg / Los Angeles Times

2016 Winner: Breaking News

The Los Angeles Times staff won the 2016 breaking news prize for its work chronicling the chaotic, fast-breaking events of Dec. 2, when Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik, a married Redlands couple, opened fire at a holiday potluck at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino.

San Bernardino shooting
San Bernardino County sheriff's deputies draw guns behind a minivan during a search for suspects involved in the mass shooting of 14 people at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino. Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

2016 Finalist: Commentary

Los Angeles Times metro columnist Steve Lopez compares the lives of the city’s declining middle-class residents to those of its growing class of super rich.

Pulitzer jurors: "For richly nuanced columns written in an elegant voice illuminating huge inequalities in wealth and opportunity in contemporary Los Angeles."

More Times Awards

Diana Marcum for her series exploring six communities struggling under conditions that have left 80% of the state experiencing extreme to exceptional drought.

Mary McNamara for columns that ranged beyond television to examine broader cultural trends and controversies.

For the exposure of corruption in the small California city of Bell where officials tapped the treasury to pay themselves exorbitant salaries, resulting in arrests and reforms.

Barbara Davidson for her intimate story of innocent victims trapped in the city's crossfire of deadly gang violence.

Bettina Boxall and Julie Cart for their exploration of the cost and effectiveness of attempts to combat the growing menace of wildfires across the western United States.

Kenneth R. Weiss, Usha Lee McFarling, reporters, and Rick Loomis, photographer, for their richly portrayed reports on the world's distressed oceans, telling the story in print and online, and stirring reaction among readers and officials.

For a courageous, exhaustively researched series exposing deadly medical problems and racial injustice at a major public hospital.

Kim Murphy, for her eloquent, wide-ranging coverage of Russia's struggle to cope with terrorism, improve the economy and make democracy work.

For compelling and comprehensive coverage of the massive wildfires that imperiled a populated region of Southern California.

Nancy Cleeland, Abigail Goldman, Evelyn Iritani and Tyler Marshall for their engrossing examination of the tactics that have made Wal-Mart the largest company in the world with cascading effects across American towns and developing countries.

2004: Criticism

Dan Neil for his one-of-a-kind reviews of automobiles, blending technical expertise with offbeat humor and astute cultural observations.

William Stall for his incisive editorials that analyzed California's troubled government, prescribed remedies and served as a model for addressing complex state issues.

Carolyn Cole for her cohesive, behind-the-scenes look at the effects of civil war in Liberia, with special attention to innocent citizens caught in the conflict.

Alan Miller and Kevin Sack for "The Vertical Vision," a series on the Marines' vertical-lift Harrier aircraft.

Sonia Nazario for "Enrique's Journey," a series on a boy's odyssey from Central America to find his mother in the U.S.

Don Bartletti for his photos illustrating "Enrique's Journey"

Barry Siegel for "A Father's Pain, a Judge's Duty, and a Justice Beyond Their Reach," a portrayal of how a child's fate entwined the lives of two good men haunted by their choices.

Alex Raksin and Bob Sipchen for a series of editorials exploring the issues and dilemmas of mentally ill people living on the streets.

David Willman for his reporting on unsafe prescription drugs that had been approved by the U.S. government.

J.R. Moehringer for tracing the harsh racial history of Gee's Bend, Ala., since the Civil War.

Chuck Phillips and Michael A. Hiltzik for their coverage of corruption in the entertainment industry.

For comprehensive coverage of a botched bank robbery and subsequent police shootout in North Hollywood.

Clarence Williams for his powerful images documenting the plight of young children with parents addicted to alcohol and drugs.

For the Jan. 17, 1994, coverage of the chaos and devastation in the aftermath of the Northridge earthquake.

For balanced, comprehensive, penetrating coverage under deadline pressure of the second, most destructive day of the Los Angeles riots.

1991: Criticism

David Shaw for his critiques of the way in which the media, including his own paper, reported the McMartin Pre-School child molestation case.

Jim Murray for his sports columns.

1987: Criticism

Richard Eder for his book reviews.

Michael Parks for his balanced and comprehensive coverage of South Africa.

1985: Criticism

Howard Rosenberg for his television criticism.

For an in-depth examination of Southern California's growing Latino community by a team of editors and reporters.

Paul Conrad for his editorial cartooning during 1983.

1982: Criticism

Martin Bernheimer for classical music criticism.

Gaylord Shaw for a series on unsafe structural conditions at the nation's major dams.

Philip P. Kerby for editorials against government secrecy and judicial censorship.

Paul Conrad for his editorial cartooning during 1970.

For exposing wrongdoing within the Los Angeles City Government Commissions, resulting in resignations or criminal convictions of certain members, as well as widespread reforms.

William Tuohy for his Vietnam War correspondence in 1968.

For coverage of the Watts riots.

For a thorough, sustained and well-conceived attack on narcotics traffic and the enterprising reporting of Gene Sherman, which led to the opening of negotiations between the U.S. and Mexico to halt the flow of illegal drugs into Southern California and other border states.

John L. Gaunt Jr. for a photo that is poignant and profoundly moving, titled "Tragedy by the Sea," showing a young couple standing together beside an angry sea in which only a few minutes earlier their year-old son had perished.

Bruce Russell for distinguished work as a cartoonist during 1945, as exemplified by the cartoon titled "Time to Bridge That Gulch."

For a successful campaign that resulted in the clarification and confirmation for all American newspapers of the right of free press as guaranteed under the Constitution.

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