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Lin-Manuel Miranda, the New Yorker’s Emily Nussbaum Among the 2016 Pulitzer Prize Award Winners

Lin-Manuel Miranda
The  Hamilton scribe continues his victory lap.

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The 2016 Pulitzer Prize winners were announced on Monday, and in the Drama category, at least, the winner was no surprise: Lin-Manuel Miranda took home the prize for Hamilton. Elmo, like most of us, would agree that this was very much deserved:


Elsewhere, Joby Warrick won in the General Non-Fiction category for Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS (National Book Award winner Ta-Nehisi Coates was a finalist) and Viet Thanh Nguyen won for Fiction for The Sympathizer.

Emily Nussbaum, television critic for the New Yorker, was also honored, and editor David Remnick’s cover letter for her nomination is a particularly lovely ode to what makes her work so singular. “In her ambition and scholarly depth, Nussbaum has brought a new rigor to TV criticism,” he writes. “But it’s her wit and her ability to convey why you should love a show as much as she does that makes her a joy to read.”

Check out the full list of winners below.



Public Service, Associated Press

Breaking News Reporting, Los Angeles Times Staff

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

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

Local Reporting, Michael LaForgia, Cara Fitzpatrick, and Lisa Gartner of the Tampa Bay Times

National Reporting, Washington Post Staff

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, and Daniel Etter of the New York Times and Photography Staff of Thomson Reuters

Feature Photography, Jessica Rinaldi of the Boston Globe

Letters, Drama, and Music

Fiction, The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen

Drama, Hamilton by Lin-Manuel Miranda

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

Biography, Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life by William Finnegan

Poetry, Ozone Journal by Peter Balakian

Nonfiction, Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS by Joby Warrick

Music, In for a Penny, In for a Pound by Henry Threadgill