The staffs of The Arizona Republic and USA TODAY NETWORK, staff of

the Cincinnati Enquirer, and writer Andie Dominick of The Des Moines

Register win Pulitzer Prizes

MCLEAN, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The USA TODAY NETWORK, part of Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI), is

celebrating three 2018 Pulitzer Prizes in the categories of explanatory

journalism, local reporting and editorial writing. The Arizona Republic

| USA TODAY NETWORK won for explanatory reporting for its project “The

Enquirer staff won for local reporting with “Seven

Days of Heroin,” and The Des Moines Register’s Andie Dominick won

for editorial writing.

Wall” was a landmark multi-platform project that examined President

Donald Trump’s campaign promise to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico

border. The explanatory report, led by then Arizona Republic’s vice

president of news and editor Nicole Carroll, recently named editor in

chief of USA TODAY, provides an in-depth look at the border through

immersive technology, including aerial and 360-degree video, virtual

reality, bots, drones, documentaries, photos, podcasts, and LiDAR data.

The report was published at a crucial time when Congress was considering

funding for a border wall and continues to inform policy discussions.

The Pulitzer Prize board named “The Wall” a winner “for vivid and timely

reporting that masterfully combined text, video, podcasts and virtual

reality to examine, from multiple perspectives, the difficulties and

unintended consequences of fulfilling President Trump's pledge to

construct a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico.”

spotlight on Cincinnati’s opioid and heroin crisis. Over the course of

one week, 60 journalists investigated what has become the region’s

greatest health crisis, during which they reported 180 overdoses and 18


The board awarded The Cincinnati Enquirer “for a riveting and insightful

narrative and video documenting seven days of greater Cincinnati's

heroin epidemic, revealing how the deadly addiction has ravaged families

and communities.”

The Des Moines Register’s Andie Dominick was named 2018 Pulitzer Prize

winner for editorial writing about issues in Iowa related to health

care, such as the governor’s privatization of Medicaid, state lawmakers’

efforts to impede fetal tissue research, and how the Trump

administration’s handling of the Affordable Care Act jeopardizes access

to coverage.

The judges praised Andie Dominick “for examining in a clear, indignant

voice, free of cliché or sentimentality, the damaging consequences for

poor Iowa residents of privatizing the state’s administration of


In addition, two others earned honors as Pulitzer Prize finalists. They


Brett Murphy of USA TODAY NETWORK, for “Rigged:

National Reporting category. This yearlong investigation found that port

trucking companies in southern California have spent the past decade

forcing drivers to finance their own trucks by taking on debt they could

not afford.

Mike Thompson of the Detroit Free Press, for Editorial

Cartooning. Mike’s work offers commentary on politics, news, current

events and pop culture. The Pulitzer judges said Mike created “a

provocative, nuanced and impactful portfolio of editorial cartoons that

took on a variety of social issues, including, health care, police

brutality, sexual harassment and education, through traditional panels

and digital animation.”

“The USA TODAY NETWORK’s tremendous accomplishment of winning three

Pulitzer Prizes and being recognized as finalists in two other

categories underscores the value of the journalism put forth by our

newsrooms across the country,” said Robert J. Dickey, president and CEO,

Gannett. “Our journalists earned such prestigious honors because of the

impact that their hard work had from the local to national level, and

that result is the goal media organizations strive to achieve every day.

Today is a cause for celebration.”

“We are so proud of the work of the USA TODAY NETWORK’s journalists and

honored by the Pulitzer Board’s recognition of their incredible feats of

journalism in 2017,” said Maribel Perez Wadsworth, president, USA TODAY

NETWORK and publisher, USA TODAY. “To have five Network teams be

recognized by the Pulitzer Prize board is a reflection of the ambition,

impact and excellence of our journalism. Most importantly, the work

cited brought illumination to complex and troubling issues, helped to

right wrongs, humanized some of the greatest challenges faced by our

nation and served as a catalyst for vital dialogue.”


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