The 10 Free Press Pulitzer Prizes cover public service, photography, and more.

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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:

Stephen Henderson takes one of several phone calls in 2014 after learning he won the Pulitzer Prize for the commentary.
Diane Weiss / Detroit Free Press

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.

Pulitzer Prize winner in local reporting
Reporters ML Elrick, left, and Jim Schaefer celebrate in 2009 after winning the Pulitzer Prize for breaking the Kwame Kilpatrick saga of corruption.

Reporters ML Elrick, left, and Jim Schaefer celebrate in 2009 after winning the Pulitzer Prize for breaking the Kwame Kilpatrick saga of corruption.
Andre J. Jackson / Detroit Free Press

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.

Pulitzer Prize Winner in Feature Film Photography
A West German takes hammer and chisel at the Berlin Wall on November 11, 1989, amid the euphoria that reigned for days after East German authorities opened the doors on November 9.  The wall, which was erected in 1961, has become the ultimate symbol of the Iron Curtain separating Eastern Europe from Western Europe.  The fall of the wall was hailed around the world as a victory for freedom and democracy.

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.

Pulitzer Prize winner in background photography
Tina Bussell watches over teachers or security guards as she and her friends smoke in the girls' bathroom.  The photo is part of the essay by Pulitzer Prize winner Manny Crisostomo.

Tina Bussell watches over teachers or security guards as she and her friends smoke in the girls’ bathroom. The photo is part of the essay by Pulitzer Prize winner Manny Crisostomo.
Manny Crisostomo, Detroit Free Press

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.

Pulitzer Prize winner in background photography
Taro Yamasaki won the 1981 Pulitzer Prize in Object Photography for his photographs of Jackson State Prison (Mich.).

Taro Yamasaki won the 1981 Pulitzer Prize in Object Photography for his photographs of Jackson State Prison (Mich.).
Taro Yamasaki, Detroit Free Press

Description Pulitzer: Taro M. Yamasaki of the Detroit Free Press for his photographs of Jackson State Prison, Michigan. Read the Pulitzer page here.

Pulitzer Prize winner in general or spot local reporting
National Guard Gary Ciko of Hamtramck checks buildings for snipers during the July 23, 1967 riot in Detroit.

National Guard Gary Ciko of Hamtramck checks buildings for snipers during the July 23, 1967 riot in Detroit.
Tony Spina, Detroit Free Press

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.

Pulitzer Prize Winner in Local Reporting - Time to Edit

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.

Pulitzer Prize winner in editorial writing

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.

Pulitzer Prize Winner in Public Service

Description Pulitzer: Detroit Free Press for its investigation into legislative corruption and corruption in Lansing, Michigan. Read the Pulitzer page here.

Pulitzer Prize winner in reporting

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.

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