Baltimore Sun named Pulitzer finalist for breaking news, editorial writing

The Baltimore Sun was named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in the breaking news and editorial writing categories on Monday.

The Pulitzer Prize Board recognized The Sun for "fast-moving coverage of the rioting that followed the death of Freddie Gray, reflecting the newsroom's knowledge of the community and advancing the conversation about police violence."


Sun editorial writers Andrew Green, Tricia Bishop, Peter Jensen and Glenn McNatt were named finalists "for editorials that demanded accountability in the aftermath of the death of Freddie Gray while also offering guidance to a troubled city," the board wrote.

The Los Angeles Times won the Pulitzer Prize for its breaking news coverage of the San Bernardino mass shooting. The Post & Courier in Charleston, S.C., also was a finalist for obtaining the video of a police officer shooting an unarmed black man.


John Hackworth of Sun Newspapers, in Charlotte Harbor, Fla., won the editorial Pulitzer. The New York Times also was named a finalist.

The Sun's reporters and photographers documented protests each day in the streets of Baltimore following the death of Gray, 25, from injuries suffered in police custody in April. On the day of Gray's funeral, a standoff between police and students led to looting and burning, the city's first riots in decades.

The Sun also has been honored for coverage of last April's unrest by a number of organizations, including the American Society of News Editors, Investigative Reporters & Editors and the Online News Association.

The Sun has won 15 Pulitzer Prizes, most recently in 2003 for medical reporter Diana K. Sugg's beat reporting.

Other awards this year include:

•Breaking News Writing Award and Community Service Photojournalism Award, American Society of News Editors;

•First place in spot news by a daily newspaper for "Baltimore Riots and the Freddie Gray case," National Headliner Awards;

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•Second place in the news series by a daily newspaper category for "Unsettled Journeys," a series revealing challenges facing teenage immigrants, National Headliner Awards;


•Best investigations triggered by breaking news, Investigative Reporters & Editors;

•The White House News Photographers Association's 2016 Eyes of History: Still Contest, first place and award of excellence;

•2015 Online Journalism Award, for breaking news coverage of the riots and Gray case;

Eight awards of excellence from the Society for News Design in print and digital coverage of Gray's death and the Unsettled Journeys series;

•Associated Press Sports Editors Top 10 in daily sections and special sections;

•Mirror Award finalist for commentary by David Zurawik on Baltimore violence.