The Free Press won a total of 10 Pulitzer Prizes starting in 1932, while being a finalist more than a dozen times. The Pulitzer Prize is considered the most prestigious award in journalism and is awarded annually in several categories by Columbia University.
Each April, an official announcement of the awards is made by the President of Columbia University on the recommendation of the Pulitzer Prize Board of Trustees. This independent board makes all pricing decisions.
Here are the 10 Pulitzer Prizes awarded to the free press so far in its history:
Description Pulitzer: Stephen Henderson of the Detroit Free Press for his columns on the financial crisis facing his hometown, written with passion and a touching sense of place, sparing no one in their criticism. Read Pulitzer Entries Here.
Description Pulitzer: Detroit Free Press Staff, including Jim Schaefer and ML Elrick, for their discovery of a pattern of lies by Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick that included the denial of a sexual relationship with his female chief of staff, which sparked an investigation for perjury which ultimately led to prison terms for both officials. Read Pulitzer Entries Here.
Description Pulitzer: David C. Turnley of the Detroit Free Press for photographs of political uprisings in China and Eastern Europe. Read the Pulitzer page here.
Description Pulitzer: Manny Crisostomo of the Detroit Free Press for his series of photographs illustrating student life at Southwestern High School in Detroit. Read the Pulitzer page here.
Description Pulitzer: Taro M. Yamasaki of the Detroit Free Press for his photographs of Jackson State Prison, Michigan. Read the Pulitzer page here.
Description Pulitzer: Detroit Free Press staff for their coverage of the Detroit Riots of 1967, acknowledging both the brilliance of their detailed, punctual press teamwork and their swift and precise investigation into the underlying causes of the tragedy. Read the Pulitzer page here.
Description of Pulitzer: Lee Hills of the Detroit Free Press for his aggressive, resourceful and comprehensive front-page reporting on the United Automobile Workers’ negotiations with Ford and General Motors for a guaranteed annual salary. Read the Pulitzer page here.
Description of Pulitzer: Royce Howes of the Detroit Free Press for an editorial on “The Cause of a Strike”, impartially and clearly analyzing the responsibility of workers and management in the unauthorized strike by a local union in July 1954, which left 45,000 Chrysler Corporation employees inactive and unpaid. By highlighting how and why parent company United Automobile Workers’ Union ordered the local strike to be called off and stating that management has blurted out the discontent, the editorial has made a notable contribution to public understanding of the entire program of responsibilities and respective relationships of manpower and management in this area. Read the Pulitzer page here.
Description Pulitzer: Detroit Free Press for its investigation into legislative corruption and corruption in Lansing, Michigan. Read the Pulitzer page here.
Description of Pulitzer: WC Richards, DD Martin, JS Pooler, FD Webb and JNW Sloan of the Detroit Free Press for their account of the America Legion parade at the 1931 convention in Detroit. Read the Pulitzer page here.