Here’s Every Smart Person Who Won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize

Joan Marcus

Joan Marcus

The 2016 Pulitzer Prize winners were announced today, and the winners went straight to Twitter to air their joy.

In the ongoing list of reasons everyone is sad that it’s impossible to get tickets to Hamilton,” Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical won in the drama category. “Hamilton” is straight killing it on Broadway right now; also, Miranda is straight killing it himself, starring as Alexander Hamilton in the musical. You won’t be able to get tickets, but you can read the now-Pulitzer-winning script, or, you know, buy the soundtrack. Consolation prizes abound!

Emily Nussbaum, the New Yorker’s TV critic, won the criticism Pulitzer, and it’s safe to say that she’s stoked. Her television commentary in the magazine is a welcome breath of fresh air in a publication that can err on the side of stuffy, and she consistently gets it right when it comes to dissecting the best (and worst) of Netflix and beyond.


Possibly Viet Thanh Nguyen is asleep, as he’s posted nothing to Twitter in the past 22 hours, but his debut novel, The Sympathizer, won in the fiction category, proving that you can totally nail your first effort at something every so often. (High five, Nguyen!) The University of Southern California prof, who was born in Vietnam and grew up in the US, joins the likes of John Cheever (The Stories of John Cheever), Toni Morrison (Beloved) and Junot Díaz (The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao), all previous fiction awardees.

This is the hundredth time Pulitzers have been handed out, though in their premier year, 1917, there were a lot fewer categories, as well as some categories that have since been discontinued (later, Newspaper History Award).

Here’s the full list of winners!


Public Service: The Associated Press

Breaking News Reporting: The Los Angeles Times

Investigative Reporting: Leonora LaPeter Anton and Anthony Cormier of the Tampa Bay News and Michael Braga of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Explanatory Reporting: T. Christian Miller of ProPublica and Ken Armstrong of the Marshall Project

Local Reporting: Tampa Bay Times

National Reporting: The Washington Post

International Reporting: Alissa J. Rubin of The New York Times

Feature Writing: Kathryn Schulz of The New Yorker

Commentary: Farah Stockman of the Boston Globe

Criticism: Emily Nussbaum of The New Yorker

Editorial Writing: John Hackworth of Sun Newspapers, Charlotte Harbor, Florida

Editorial Cartooning: Jack Ohman of The Sacramento Bee

Breaking News Photography: Mauricio Lima, Sergey Ponomarev, Tyler Hicks, Daniel Etter of the New York Times; and the photography staff of Thomson Reuters

Feature Photography: Jessica Rinaldi of the Boston Globe

Letters and Drama

Fiction: Viet Thanh Nguyen for The Sympathizer

Drama: Lin-Manuel Miranda for Hamilton

History: T.J. Stiles for Custer’s Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America

Biography or Autobiography: William Finnegan for Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life

Poetry: Peter Balakian for Ozone Journal

General Non-Fiction: Joby Warrick for Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS

Music: Henry Threadgill for In for a Penny, in for a Pound