Here are the winners of the 2019 Pulitzer Prizes

Here are the winners of the 2019 Pulitzer Prizes

Here are the winners of the 2019 Pulitzer Prizes

The Pulitzer board said the award was given to Franklin for "her indelible contribution to American music and culture for more than five decades". Pulitzer Prize administrator Dana Canedy said the 18-member board had kept in mind the tense political landscape of the United States while choosing the winners.

The Journal revealed a year ago that then-candidate Trump's personal lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen had paid $130,000 in the run-up to his 2016 election to silence porn star Stormy Daniels, who said she had an affair with Trump.

Trump has denied having affairs with the women in question, Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal and rejected any impropriety around his tax arrangements, describing the New York Times story as a "hit piece".

A USA local newspaper has won a Pulitzer Prize for coverage of a mass shooting in its own newsroom.

In the breaking news category, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette was honoured for its coverage of the October 2018 shooting at a synagogue in the city that left 11 people dead.

In the wake of the stories, the university's president resigned, the Los Angeles Police Department launched an investigation and more than 650 women have sued USC, alleging the school failed to protect them from sexual abuse. The university recently agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit by paying $215 million to potentially thousands of female students and alumni examined by Tyndall, who has denied the allegations and has not been charged with any crime.

Meanwhile, reporters from the Associated Press and Wall Street Journal were honored in the worldwide reporting sections for their coverage of a war in Yemen and a murder in Myanmar, respectively.

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. Its reporters, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, are serving a seven-year sentence after being convicted of violating Myanmar's Secrets Act.

Aretha Franklin at the 10th Annual Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards in Pasadena, California, in 2005.

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.

Blight was honored in the history category for his new biography on Frederick Douglass, the escaped slave who became a prominent activist, author, and public speaker.

Jeffrey C. Stewart's "The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke", a look at the life of one of the founders of the Harlem Renaissance, received best biography honors, while Eliza Griswold's exploration of an Appalachian family, "Amity and Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing of America", earned a non-fiction prize.

Ellen Reid, the Los Angeles composer whose debut opera centered on a young woman's agonizing struggle with the psychological effects of sexual assault, won the Pulitzer for music.

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