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Waterloo native Nikole Hannah-Jones wins Pulitzer Prize for New York Times ‘1619 Project’

Nikole Hannah-Jones
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(AP) The Pulitzer Prize board on Monday awarded its prize for commentary to Nikole Hannah-Jones of The New York Times for an essay she wrote for the 1619 Project.

The project, which she helmed, marked the 400th anniversary of the first enslaved Africans being brought to what became the United States of America and the impact it has had.

The board called her work a "sweeping, deeply reported and personal essay," and recognized its "prompting public conversation about the nation's founding and evolution."

Hannah-Jones is originally from Waterloo and attended Waterloo West High School. She now works as an investigative reporter covering civil rights and racial injustice for The New York Times Magazine.

Associated Press

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