United States Current Affairs

2018 Pulitzer Prizes winners

The 2018 Pulitzer Prizes were awarded by Pulitzer Prize Board for work during 2017 calendar year. In Journalism, New York Times won most awards of any newspaper, with three, bringing its total to 125 Pulitzer Prizes. The New York Times and The New Yorker have jointly won the Pulitzer Prize, in the Public Service category for long-running Harvey Weinstein saga of sexual harassment and abuse in Hollywood. In Letters, Drama & Music, Andrew Sean Greer’s comic novel Less won best Fiction award.

List of 2018 Pulitzer Prize Winners


  • Public Service: New York Times.
  • Breaking News Reporting: Staff of The Press Democrat, Santa Rosa, Calif.
  • Investigative Reporting: The Washington Post
  • Explanatory Reporting: The Arizona Republic and USA Today Network.
  • Local Reporting: The Cincinnati Enquirer Staff
  • National Reporting: New York Times and Washington Post
  • International Reporting: Clare Baldwin, Andrew R.C. Marshall and Manuel Mogato of Reuters
  • Feature Writing: Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah, freelance reporter, GQ
  • Commentary: John Archibald of Alabama Media Group, Birmingham, Ala.
  • Criticism: Jerry Saltz of New York magazine
  • Editorial Writing: Andie Dominick of The Des Moines Register.
  • Editorial Cartooning: Jake Halpern, freelance writer and Michael Sloan, freelance cartoonist, New York Times.
  • Breaking News Photography: Ryan Kelly of The Daily Progress
  • Feature Photography: Photography Staff of Reuters

Letters, Drama & Music

  • Fiction: Less, by Andrew Sean Greer.
  • Drama: Cost of Living, by Martyna Majok.
  • History: The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea, by Jack E. Davis (Liveright/W.W. Norton).
  • Biography or Autobiography: Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder, by Caroline Fraser
  • Poetry: Half-light: Collected Poems 1965-2016, by Frank Bidart.
  • General Nonfiction: Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America by James Forman Jr.
  • Music:, by Kendrick Lamar

Pulitzer Prize

The Pulitzer Prize is an annual award for achievements in newspaper, magazine and online journalism, literature, and musical composition in United States. It was established in 1917 by provisions in will of American-Hungarian newspaper publisher and master of yellow journalism Joseph Pulitzer. The award is administered by Columbia University in New York City. Prizes are awarded yearly in 21 categories. In 20 of the categories, each winner receives certificate and US$15,000 cash award. The winner in the public service category of the journalism is awarded a gold medal.


SpaceX launches secretive Zuma mission

California-based Private spaceflight company SpaceX has launched secret Zuma Mission for US government. It was launched on board of SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, US.

Zuma Mission

It is a secret mission in its nature or purpose and the agency behind it remains a mystery. It has been manufactured by Northrup Grumman, Virginia-based aerospace and defence company. It was delivered to low-Earth orbit (LEO).


SpaceX (Space Exploration Technologies Corporation) is aerospace manufacturer and space transport services company headquartered in California, US. It was founded in 2002 by Internet tycoon Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors and former PayPal entrepreneur with the goal of creating the technologies to reduce space transportation costs and enable colonization of Mars.

SpaceX has developed the Falcon 1 and Falcon 9 launch vehicles, both designed to be reusable, thus reducing the cost of lauch. It also has developed Dragon spacecraft to supply cargo to ISS. It is also developing manned version of Dragon.

In 2008, SpaceX had created history by launching first privately funded, liquid-propellant rocket Falcon 1 to reach orbit in 2008. It also became first privately funded company to successfully launch, orbit and recover spacecraft (Dragon) in 2010. It was also first private company to send a spacecraft to ISS, in 2012.