SACRAMENTO, Calif., April 10, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- McClatchy (MNI) today announced the Miami Herald, McClatchy's Washington Bureau and McClatchy's Video Lab was awarded the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for its work on the Panama Papers, a joint project with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and other media organizations.
Also honored, Miami Herald cartoonist Jim Morin for his portfolio of drawings primarily focused on American politics throughout a volatile and historic election year.
"This work reflects McClatchy at its best. At the Miami Herald, in our Washington Bureau and elsewhere among the 30 newsrooms that make McClatchy, we have dedicated ourselves to the kind of enterprise and ingenuity reflected in these projects, and we are grateful to the Pulitzer Board for honoring us with not one but two prizes." said Craig Forman, McClatchy president and CEO. "This brings to more than 50 the Pulitzers awarded to McClatchy in our 160 year history. We couldn't be more proud of the award-winners and their commitment to our public service and accountability mission."
The Panama Papers was an extraordinary, collaborative journalism project that investigated how money moves secretly around the globe. The McClatchy Washington Bureau along with the Miami Herald were the only U.S. newspapers to take part in the international consortium that sifted through the leaked database of 11 million records from Panamanian law firm, Mossack Fonseca, resulting in the massive series, "The Secret Shell Game," covering the Panama Papers leak.
The Miami Herald-McClatchy team told this difficult and complicated story in pieces that brought the news home not just in Miami, but elsewhere in the United States, and a video produced by McClatchy's Video Lab helped illustrate a complicated subject. This deep dive into the leaked documents revealed a financial system of tax havens preferred by tax dodgers, corrupt politicians and drug dealers whose money often wound up in Miami real estate.
The Pulitzer judges considered 20 of Morin's 2016 cartoons, taking on politics, natural and manmade disasters, and national celebrations. This is his second Pulitzer. This is also the second year in a row that a McClatchy cartoonist has won the coveted award, with the 2016 Pulitzer for Editorial Cartooning going to The Sacramento Bee's Jack Ohman.
"These projects illustrate McClatchy's 160 year commitment to quality public service journalism," said Kevin McClatchy, Board of Directors for McClatchy. "While the format and technologies may have changed greatly during that time, our belief in the value of that journalism has never wavered."
McClatchy is a publisher of iconic brands such as the Miami Herald, The Kansas City Star, The Sacramento Bee, The Charlotte Observer, The (Raleigh) News and Observer, and the (Fort Worth) Star-Telegram. McClatchy operates 30 media companies in 29 U.S. markets in 14 states, providing each of its communities with high-quality news and advertising services in a wide array of digital and print formats. McClatchy is headquartered in Sacramento, Calif., and listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol MNI.
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