On May 28, at a ceremony in Columbia's Low Library, the 2019 Pulitzer Prize winners were celebrated for their contributions to the very best in journalism, literature and the arts. In a year marred by violence against journalists and students, the ceremony sought to extol the courageous men and women who sometimes risk their lives to report on stories important for the public to hear.
"Bravery and commitment to purpose was a palpable theme of this year’s prizes, " said Dana Canedy, the administrator of the Pulitzer Prizes. "It served to remind us that, of course, the press will endure, even as security threats to journalists are greater than ever."
Canedy presented a special citation and a $100,000 award to the staff of the Capital Gazette who survived a horrific shooting at their offices in Annapolis, Maryland, on June 28, 2018, that left five of their colleagues dead. She also recognized the incredible work of the students who wrote for The Eagle Eye, the Marjory Stoneham Douglas High School newspaper, during the February, 14, 2018, mass shooting at their school that left 17 students, teachers and coaches dead.
[Here is a list of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize winners.]