01 May 2019 Blogs, Academic, Community College, Corporate, Government, K-12, Public, Librarian

2019 Pulitzer Winning News Titles from ProQuest

Students and researchers gain insight and information from award-winning coverage of current events.

Students and researchers gain insight and information from award-winning coverage of current events

By Courtney Suciu

Newspapers contain a breadth of content that is relevant to history, politics, the arts, business, science and so much more. For this reason, they are an essential primary source for student and scholars – from beginner to advanced – seeking information on current issues and historical events.

Libraries need to ensure that their researchers have access to essential, in-demand news sources— historical, contemporary and breaking news—in one place, on one platform that can be cross-searched with related content and enriched with metadata and user tools that support both targeted and serendipitous discovery for better research outcomes.

These are our goals with ProQuest news resources, and upon the recent announcement of the 2019 Pulitzer Prizes in Journalism, we are pleased to share the titles from our collection that received this prestigious recognition.

From https://www.pulitzer.org/: 

Public Service

South Florida Sun Sentinel

For exposing failings by school and law enforcement officials before and after the deadly shooting rampage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.


Breaking News Reporting

Staff of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

For immersive, compassionate coverage of the massacre at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue that captured the anguish and resilience of a community thrust into grief.


Investigative Reporting

Matt Hamilton, Harriet Ryan and Paul Pringle of the Los Angeles Times

For consequential reporting on a University of Southern California gynecologist accused of violating hundreds of young women for more than a quarter-century.


Explanatory Reporting

David Barstow, Susanne Craig and Russ Buettner of The New York Times

For an exhaustive 18-month investigation of President Donald Trump’s finances that debunked his claims of self-made wealth and revealed a business empire riddled with tax dodges.


National Reporting

Staff of The Wall Street Journal

For uncovering President Trump’s secret payoffs to two women during his campaign who claimed to have had affairs with him, and the web of supporters who facilitated the transactions, triggering criminal inquiries and calls for impeachment.


International Reporting

Maggie Michael, Maad al-Zikry and Nariman El-Mofty of Associated Press

For a revelatory yearlong series detailing the atrocities of the war in Yemen, including theft of food aid, deployment of child soldiers and torture of prisoners.


Feature Writing

Hannah Dreier of ProPublica

For a series of powerful, intimate narratives that followed Salvadorian immigrants on New York’s Long Island whose lives were shattered by a botched federal crackdown on the international criminal gang MS-13.



Tony Messenger of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

For bold columns that exposed the malfeasance and injustice of forcing poor rural Missourians charged with misdemeanor crimes to pay unaffordable fines or be sent to jail.



Carlos Lozada of The Washington Post

For trenchant and searching reviews and essays that joined warm emotion and careful analysis in examining a broad range of books addressing government and the American experience.


Editorial Writing

Brent Staples of The New York Times

For editorials written with extraordinary moral clarity that charted the racial fault lines in the United States at a polarizing moment in the nation’s history.


Feature Photography

Lorenzo Tugnoli of The Washington Post

For brilliant photo storytelling of the tragic famine in Yemen, shown through images in which beauty and composure are intertwined with devastation.

Capital Gazette, Annapolis, Md.

A special citation to honor the journalists, staff and editorial board of the Capital Gazette, Annapolis, Maryland, for their courageous response to the largest killing of journalists in U.S. history in their newsroom on June 28, 2018, and for demonstrating unflagging commitment to covering the news and serving their community at a time of unspeakable grief. The citation comes with a $100,000 bequest by the Pulitzer Board to be used to further the newspaper’s journalistic mission.


The ProQuest news portfolio offers these award-winning titles across our portfolio of Contemporary, Recent and Historical News, providing breadth and depth of coverage and allowing patrons to explore spans of time. Titles in these collections are offered as single titles or in regional packages.

US Newsstream (Contemporary News) is updated each day and enables users to search current U.S. newspapers, wires, broadcast transcripts, blogs and news sites from more than 250 titles, in full-text format. Provides exclusive and preferred access to top national and regional titles including The New York Times, The Wall Street JournalThe Washington PostLos Angeles TimesBoston GlobeNewsday and Chicago Tribune.

ProQuest Recent Newspapers is a digital archive that offers downloadable full-page PDF images of national, local and regional titles in grey-scale and full-color. This collection provides cover to cover searching and browsing for deep research into local and regional views, people and events.

ProQuest Historical Newspapers is the definitive newspaper digital archive offering full-text and full-image articles for the most significant US and international newspapers dating back to the 18th Century. Every issue of each title includes the complete paper cover-to-cover, with full-page and article images in easily downloadable PDF format.


Courtney Suciu is ProQuest’s lead blog writer. Her loves include libraries, literacy and researching extraordinary stories related to the arts and humanities. She has a Master’s Degree in English literature and a background in teaching, journalism and marketing. Follow her @QuirkySuciu