The 2018 Pulitzer Prize winners were announced Monday at Columbia University in New York, and in three separate cases, reporting on the #MeToo movement was honored.
The New York Times and the New Yorker were awarded a joint prize for public service for their bombshell exposés of Harvey Weinstein. It was this impactful journalism – and the brave women whose stories were told – that ended the career of the powerful Hollywood mogul and opened the floodgates of the #MeToo movement inside Hollywood and beyond. Poynter recognized the outlets “for their coverage of the sexual abuse of women in Hollywood and other industries around the world.”
The Washington Post won the Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting for its investigation uncovering then Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore’s history of alleged sexual misconduct with teenage girls. Moore would go on to loose Alabama’s special election to Doug Jones – the first time in nearly three decades that the state elected a Democratic candidate to the U.S. Senate.
All three of these exposés — Ronan Farrow for the New Yorker; Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey for the Times; and Stephanie McCrummen, Beth Reinhard and Alice Crites for the Post — substantially shifted the conversation around sexual harassment and assault in America. Importantly, this journalism was the combination of rigorous and vigilant fact-checking with the proper care and credence for alleged sexual misconduct victims and trauma survivors.
In addition, John Archibald of