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NYT and New Yorker win joint Pulitzer for Weinstein exposé

NYT and New Yorker win joint Pulitzer for Weinstein exposé

"DAMN." is the first non-classical or jazz work to win the award, according to the associated press. The movie producer's attorneys have said he denies any non-consensual sexual contact with anyone.

Pulitzers are the most prestigious honour in American journalism.

A string of stories in the two newspapers shined light on connections between Russian officials and Mr Trump's 2016 campaign.

But in a year when the media has been galvanised by digging into Trump's chaotic presidency, Lamar's award for his album Damn also stood out as the rapper from Compton, California, became the first rap artist to win a Pulitzer in music.

"Recording released on April 14, 2017, a virtuosic song collection unified by its vernacular authenticity and rhythmic dynamism that offers affecting vignettes capturing the complexity of modern African-American life".

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The reports sparked the #MeToo movement, a broad pushback against sexual harassment in many industries.

The stories' impact soon spread beyond Weinstein to allegations against other prominent men.

Finalists for the Pulitzer Prize in music were Michael Gilbertson's "Quartet", which debuted last February at Carnegie Hall, and Ted Hearne's "Sound from the Bench", a 35-minute cantata released last March.

The Pulitzer board has awarded special honors to Bob Dylan, Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane and Hank Williams, but a popular figure like Lamar has never won the prize for music.

Previous Pulitzer music winners include jazz musicians Wynton Marsalis and Ornette Coleman.