The Washington Post won three 2023 Pulitzer Prizes and was named a finalist in five additional categories.
Caroline Kitchener won the National Reporting award for her reporting on the lives altered by the fall of Roe v. Wade. Toluse Olorunnipa and Robert Samuels won the General Nonfiction award for “His Name is George Floyd,” a Washington Post book which tells the story of Floyd’s life, death and his legacy. In the Feature Writing category, Eli Saslow was recognized for a series of stories that intimately chronicled how Americans have reckoned with a civic unraveling in the aftermath of the pandemic.
“Our journalists took on subjects of enormous complexity, bringing readers deeply reported insight into the biggest stories of our time and their reverberations in communities all across the world,” said Washington Post Executive Editor Sally Buzbee. “The work honored today reflects the incredible breadth of intense, sustained reporting that is happening all across our newsroom. It is an extremely proud day for us all at The Washington Post.”
According to The Post, “Caroline Kitchener, who covers the politics of abortion, chronicled the buildup to the Supreme Court’s historic 2022 decision to overturn Roe v. Wade and reported across the nation to reveal the ambiguities and challenges this introduced to different people including young women, doctors and lawmakers. Her stories include a portrait of a Texas teen who wanted an abortion and then became a mother of twins; an emotional snapshot of the day a Houston clinic had to stop all abortion procedures as the ruling was issued; and a report on a growing covert network of pro-choice activists delivering abortion pills from Mexico into the U.S.
“In their biography of George Floyd, White House Bureau Chief Toluse Olorunnipa and former Post reporter Robert Samuels thoroughly reveal the systemic racism and inequality that come with being a Black man in America. Drawn from hundreds of interviews with Floyd’s family and friends and also politicians and civil rights leaders, their book placed the story of Floyd’s life and untimely death within a larger narrative, conveying why his killing sparked a global movement for a change.
“Former Post reporter Eli Saslow’s revelatory pieces exposed the systematic damage to American institutions through a collection of stories that were urgent, personal, and profound. He showed how a Denver bus driver witnessed the decline of her city through her daily driving route and chronicled how a psychiatric nurse in Seattle was struggling with her overwhelming case load, among other pieces. Saslow won a Pulitzer for the Post in 2014 for Explanatory Reporting.”
Including the 2023 awards, The Post has won 73 Pulitzer Prizes since 1936.
PHOTO: The Washington Post. Clockwise: Caroline Kitchener, Toluse Olorunnipa, Eli Saslow and Robert Samuels.