The Pulitzer committee gave the honor “for a superbly reported and written account of a lake-effect snowstorm, using human detail to illuminate the story and multimedia elements to help readers through the storm.”
The Seattle Times was awarded the Pulitzer in that category, with The News and Los Angeles Times the lone finalists.
Michael K. Connelly, News editor and vice president, said Monday in a congratulatory email to the newsroom: “I am also proud of the staff for its terrific coverage of the lake-effect storm. It was a true team effort – photographers, reporters, editors, the desk. We did a great job for readers, and I am thrilled your work was recognized.”
Connelly was out of town Monday.
On the same day, News cartoonist Adam Zyglis won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning.
The award was given to Zyglis, “who used strong images to connect with readers while conveying layers of meaning in a few words,” according to the Pulitzer committee.