Los Angeles Times wins Pulitzer for San Bernardino terrorist attack coverage
San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies draw guns behind a minivan on Richardson St. 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)
The investigation continues Thursday morning on San Bernardino Avenue, where two suspects in the mass shooting at the Inland Regional Center died in a shootout with police.(Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)
Sheriff’s department SWAT members deploy on Richardson Street in San Bernardino on Wednesday.(Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)
A member of the San Manual Fire Department takes the names of people evacuated from the scene of a mass shooting in San Bernardino before they are loaded onto buses and taken away from the area.(Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times)
Larry Jones, left, pastor of Crossover Outreach Church; Dr. Jeannetta Million, pastor of Victoria’s Believers Church; and Arnold Morales, pastor of King of Glory Church, pray for the victims and those involved in the mass shooting in San Bernardino.(Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)
Emergency personnel bring in a wounded person into Loma University Medical Center after the shooting in San Bernardino on Wednesday.(Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times)
A SWAT unit is on the move in San Bernardino.(Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)
Marie Cabrera, Sonya Gonzalez and Christine Duran, all of San Bernardino, pray after the mass shooting in San Bernardino.(Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times)
Ryan Reyes, center, breaks down after finding out his boyfriend of three years, Daniel Kaufman, 42, was one of those killed during Wednesday’s mass shooting at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino.(Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times)
Ryan Reyes holds an image of his boyfriend Daniel Kaufman who was confirmed as one of the 14 victims of Wednesday’s mass shooting at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino.(Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times)
Evacuated workers join in a circle to pray on the San Bernardino Golf Course across the street from where a shooting occurred at the Inland Regional Center.(Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)
A woman and a man enter the Rudy C Hernandez Community Center after they and other people, who were at the scene of a mass shooting, arrived by bus to be reunited with their familys.(Hayne Palmour IV / San Diego Union-Tribune)
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A SWAT team stands guard with a rifle pointed at a home that is being investigated by police after today’s San Bernardino’s mass shootings.(Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)
FBI investigators inside the suspects’ Redlands home on Thursday morning.(Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)
Farhan Khan, second from right, who was identified as the brother-in-law of San Bernardino shooting suspect Syed Rizwan Farook, joins religious leaders during a news conference at the Council of American Islamic Relations in Anaheim.(Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
Caroline Campbell embraces her son, David Malijan, 6, as they pay their respects at the ever-growing memorial site to the victims of the recent mass shootings near the Inland Regional Center.(Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)
Claudia Zaragoza writes a message on a banner at the ever-growing memorial site to the victims of the recent mass shootings near the Inland Regional Center.(Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)
The Zafarullah family of Chino, originally of Pakistan, watches Obama’s address. Arshia, at left, is holding her 18-month-old nephew, Sohail Ahmed.(Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times)
Caroline Campbell, from left, Jessie Campbell and Rylee Ponce embrace as they pay their respects at the ever-growing memorial site for the victims of the recent mass shootings.(Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)
Members of the Muslim community, such as Khadija Zadeh, lit candles and wrote messages to the families of victims of the San Bernardino shooting rampage during a memorial service at the Islamic Community Center of Redlands in Loma Linda.(Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times)
A candlelight vigil dubbed “United We Stand,” took place at Granada Hills Charter High School on Saturday evening. The event was organized by Muslim Youth Los Angeles and Devonshire Area in Partnership.(Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times)
Riders from the Christian Motorcycle Association in San Bernardino pray at a growing makeshift memorial for San Bernardino shooting victims near the Inland Regional Center.(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Ryan Reyes, boyfriend of San Bernardino shooting victim Larry Daniel Kaufman, hugs members of Dar Al Uloom Al Islamiyah of America mosque who brought roses to a memorial at the Sante Fe Dam on Saturday.(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Fabio Ahumada, a San Bernardino EMT, attends a vigil at San Manuel Stadium(Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times)
Angel Meler-Baumgartner 11, who was a member of the Inland Regional Center, where the shooting occurred, attends a vigil at San Manuel Stadium for the victims.(Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times)
A couple embrace at the candlelight vigil to honor the victims of the mass shootings at the Inland Regional Center.(Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)
Josie Ramirez-Herndon, center, and her daughter, Chelsie Ramirez, bottom left, join other community members as they pray during a candlelight vigil.(Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)
People kneel in prayer for victims of the recent mass shootings at the Inland Regional Center, in San Bernardino.(Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)
After sunset, people continue to arrive at the memorial site for the victims of the recent mass shootings at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino.(Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)
A bullet hole in the window of a pick up truck where the shootout took place on San Bernardino Avenue.(Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)
An FBI dive team searches a lake located about two miles north of the Inland Regional Center in connection with last week’s terrorist attack and shootout that left the two attackers and 14 victims dead.(Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
An FBI dive team searches a lake near the Inland Regional Center in connection with last week’s terrorist attack.(Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
Syed Farook, father of the suspect in the San Bernardino mass shooting, Syed Rizwan Farook, arrives at his home to a swarm of reporters in Corona, Calif.(Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)
On Dec. 8, people bring flowers, candles and remembrances to a memorial to the San Bernardino shooting victims near the Inland Regional Center, the scene of the attack.(Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
Van Thanh Nguyen shouts her daughter’s name during her funeral at the Good Shepherd Cemetary in Huntington Beach. Tin Nguyen was 31.(Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)
San Trinh, the longtime boyfriend of Tin Nguyen, 31, one of the victims of the San Bernardino terrorist attack, is consoled by family members as Nguyen’s casket is loaded into a hearse at St. Barbara’s Catholic Church in Santa Ana.(Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)
Family members and friends write messages on the side of the Tin Nguyen’s burial vault.(Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)
Cousins of Tin Nguyen -- Trang Le, left, Tram Le and Krystal Le -- hold onto some of her personal items and cry as they watch her casket being lowered into the ground at her funeral at the Good Shepherd Cemetery in Huntington Beach.(Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)
Pallbearers stand guard over the casket of the Tin Nguyen, a Cal State Fullerton graduate, at the start of her memorial service at St. Barbara’s Catholic Church in Santa Ana.(Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)
Van Thanh Nguyen places her hand on her daughter’s casket while surrounded by friends and family.(Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)
The casket of San Bernardino shooting victim Isaac Amanios leaves the St. Minas Orthodox Church during his funeral service in Colton.(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Family members and friends pay their respects to Robert Adams, one of the 14 victims killed in the San Bernardino shooting, during his graveside funeral service at Montecito Memorial Park in Colton.(Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)
Funeral goers cry during Isaac Amanios’ service. Amanios had shared a cubicle with the male shooter at the San Bernardino County Public Health Department.(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Frineds and family stand during the funeral service for Isaac Amanios.(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Pallbearers escort the casket of Damian Meins at St. Catherine of Alexandria church in Riverside.(Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)
Two women cry during Isaac Amanios’ funeral service at the St. Minas Orthodox Church in Colton. Amanios, 60, is survived by his wife and three children.(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
COVINA, CALIF.--December 10, 2015 - The coffin of San Bernardino shooting victim, Yvette Velasco, is carried to the hearse following a private viewing for family at Forest Lawn Mortuary in Covina, Calif.(Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times)
A portrait of Yvette Velasco, one of the victims of the deadly San Bernardino terrorist attacks, is placed at her funeral service at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, in Covina, Calif.(Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)
Robert Velasco, father of Yvette Velasco, consoles a family member during Yvette’s funeral service at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, in Covina, Calif.(Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)
Family members and survivors paid their respects with a moment of silence at 11 a.m., exactly one week after the shooting occured at the Inland Regional Center.(Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)
Trudy Raymundo, director the the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health, is surrounded by San Bernardino County supervisors as she addresses the media during a press conference Monday.(Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)
President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama greet San Bernardino Mayor R. Carey Davis, center, and Supervisor James Ramos outside Air Force One at the San Bernardino airport on Friday night.(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Monica Gonzales relights candles Tuesday morning at a memorial for victims of the shooting rampage in San Bernardino.(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
The Los Angeles Times has won a Pulitzer Prize, American journalism’s top honor, for its coverage of last year’s mass shooting in San Bernardino.
The staff won the 2016 breaking news prize — The Times’ 44th Pulitzer — for its work chronicling the chaotic, fast-breaking events of Dec. 2 and their aftermath.
In announcing the award Monday, the Pulitzer board cited The Times “for exceptional reporting, including both local and global perspectives, on the shooting in San Bernardino and the terror investigation that followed.”
The board also named Times columnist Steve Lopez as a finalist in the commentary category, while Times critic-at-large Viet Thanh Nguyen won the fiction prize.
The Associated Press won the prestigious public service award for its “Seafood from Slaves” series, an investigation that exposed how some of the seafood on American tables was tied to slave labor. The coverage led to arrests, reforms and the freeing of 2,000 slaves.
The attack at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, which left 14 people dead and 24 injured, was the deadliest terrorist attack in the United States since Sept. 11, 2001, and the deadliest mass shooting since the massacre at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., in 2012.
The Los Angeles Times won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of the San Bernardino shootings.
Minutes after the massacre, carried out by a married Redlands couple, Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik, The Times had posted its first story, and more than a dozen reporters and photographers were hurrying to the scene, 60 miles east of the downtown L.A. newsroom.
The result, that first day, was a string of detailed stories, including dramatic accounts of the shooting scene and the revelation that Farook had traveled to Saudi Arabia and returned with a wife he had met online — an early indication of their radicalization.
The Times’ coverage included a database of the victims and a multimedia reconstruction of the police pursuit that culminated in the shooting death of the killers.
The Times produced three days of special front pages for the coverage, and in the days that followed, reporters continued chasing the story from San Bernardino, Washington, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, producing detailed accounts of the shooters’ backgrounds.
The story broke just weeks after The Times had lost several dozen staff members — including veteran reporters and editors — to voluntary buyouts.
“This prize belongs to the entire newsroom,” Times editor and publisher Davan Maharaj said. “This is a newsroom that rises to the occasion to serve readers when everything is on the line — and delivers every time.”
Speaking to a gathering of the staff, he added that it was important to remember the victims of the tragedy and their families.
One of the editors coordinating the coverage was California editor Shelby Grad, who said the story represented a marriage of different newsroom disciplines, from gumshoe reporting to Web-video production to social-media expertise.
“We had people who could really put it together in all these different platforms. We were also lucky to have people around the globe,” he said. “Many people spent weekend after weekend without a break, knocking on doors.”
In the breaking news category, the Pulitzer board named as finalists the staff of the Baltimore Sun, for coverage of riots that followed the death in police custody of Freddie Gray, and the staff of the Post and Courier of Charleston, S.C., for its coverage of the videotaped shooting of Walter Scott by police.
Lopez was a finalist in the commentary category for a series of columns grappling with wealth inequality in Southern California, which Lopez described as “the stratified kingdom of hillside castles and cardboard cities.”
Lopez’s work explored the lives of a 71-year-old South Los Angeles woman who survived without running water, a laid-off aerospace worker, an Air Force veteran seeking work, casualties of forced gentrification in Echo Park, and the work of a real estate agent in Beverly Hills.
Nguyen won the fiction prize for his novel “The Sympathizer,” which the Pulitzer board described as “a layered immigrant tale told in the wry, confessional voice of a ‘man of two minds’ — and two countries, Vietnam and the United States.” Nguyen is an associate professor of English and American studies and ethnicity at USC.
The prize for international reporting went to former L.A. Times foreign correspondent Alissa J. Rubin for her work in the New York Times documenting the plight of women in Afghanistan.
Another former L.A. Times writer, T. Christian Miller, now of ProPublica, along with Ken Armstrong of the Marshall Project, won the prize in explanatory reporting for a series of stories detailing how police and prosecutors in Washington state labeled a rape victim a liar — and two Colorado detectives eventually connected a suspect to the crime. ProPublica and the Marshall Project are nonprofit news organizations.
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