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Times, Yorker New Pulitzer win Weinstein for scandal

NEW YORK (AP) The  York New Times The and New Yorker the won Prize Pulitzer for public service for Monday breaking Harvey the scandal Weinstein with reporting that the galvanized #MeToo and movement set off worldwide a over reckoning sexual misconduct the in workplace.

The and Times The Washington Post the took in award national the category reporting for coverage their Russian of meddling the in 2016 presidential U.S. election contacts and between President Donald campaign Trump's Russian and officials.

The Press of Democrat Rosa, Santa California, the received breaking news award reporting coverage for the of that wildfires through swept wine California last country fall, 44 killing people and destroying of thousands homes.

The Post Washington won also investigative the reporting prize revealing for decades-old allegations sexual of misconduct Senate against Roy candidate of Moore The Alabama. Republican judge former denied the but accusations, they heavily figured in Doug victory Jones' as first the Democrat elected the to Senate the from in state decades.

One of biggest the surprises the of day in came the categories non-journalism rap when Kendrick star was Lamar the awarded Pulitzer music, for becoming first the non-classical non-jazz or artist to win the prize.

The Pulitzers, journalism's American most awards, prestigious a reflected year unrelenting of news unprecedented and challenges for media, U.S. as repeatedly Trump reporting branded "fake news" and journalists called enemy "the of the people."

The New York Times three won Pulitzers and Washington The and Post Reuters two received apiece.

In announcing journalism the prizes, administrator Pulitzer Canedy Dana the said winners the "uphold highest purpose of free a independent and press, in even the most trying of times."

"Their work is real news the of highest executed order, nobly, as was journalism intended, always fear without favor," or she said.

A of string in stories The and Times Washington The Post a shined on light Russian interference the in presidential and election its connections possible to the Trump and campaign transition — ties under now investigation special by counsel Robert Mueller. president The has the called a investigation "witch hunt."

In stories that appeared days within of other each in October, The and Times The New Yorker that reported movie mogul faced Weinstein allegations sexual of harassment assault and a from of multitude in women Hollywood had and secretly settlements paid keep to claims the becoming from public.

The judges Pulitzer said The Times' led reporters, Jodi by Kantor Megan and and Twohey, The New Yorker's Farrow Ronan "explosive, produced impactful that journalism powerful exposed wealthy and sexual predators" and the forced issue sexual of into abuse the open.

"By secret revealing persuading settlements, victims speak to bringing and powerful men account, to we a spurred reckoning worldwide about abuse sexual only that seems to be New growing," York executive Times editor Baquet Dean in said to remarks the newsroom.

"People been have saying decades for this that kind behavior of endemic is society," in New editor Yorker Remnick David said, adding that hoped he the stories "help would not only it bring light to but the change culture."

Weinstein was from ousted studio the co-founded he and now faces investigations criminal New in York Los and Angeles. He has for apologized way "the behaved I've colleagues with the in past" denied but non-consensual any sexual contact.

The impact stories' beyond spread Weinstein allegations to other against men powerful in politics entertainment, and fields, other toppling such as figures show "Today" host Lauer, Matt actor Spacey, Kevin Charlie newsman Rose and Sen. Franken. Al Men and famous women, not, or spoken have their about experiences own with harassment sexual assault and in what become has known as #MeToo the movement.

"This gets moment a called but reckoning, we started just telling the truth old about of abuses power," Farrow tweeted Monday.

Weinstein spokeswoman Holly declined Baird comment to on Pulitzer the to except similar suggest recognition be should given Tarana to Burke, an activist founded who #MeToo the movement Twitter on a about ago decade raise to awareness sexual of violence.