Washington Post’s David Fahrenthold wins Pulitzer Prize for coverage of Trump’s charitable giving
Post reporter David Fahrenthold won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting for his pioneering work exposing the distance between image and reality in Donald Trump’s philanthropy.
April 10, 2017
National Reporting winner
Shortly after the Iowa caucuses, David Fahrenthold set out to learn what had become of the $6 million Donald Trump said he’d raised for veterans, including $1 million of his own money. Fahrenthold soon discovered that the candidate had stopped distributing money, despite having given out just a fraction of what he raised. That was the start of a much longer reporting effort, one that eventually expanded to cover all of Trump’s charitable giving — and the illusions he’d created, over his lifetime, that made his philanthropy seem more impressive than it was. His work also included an article disclosing that Trump had made crude comments and bragged about groping women during an unaired portion of an interview on “Access Hollywood” in 2005.
Pioneering a new form of investigative reporting, Fahrenthold invited his Twitter followers to help him report these stories, asking for help in tracking down details of Trump’s past giving — or items that Trump had bought, improperly, with his charity’s money. He posted photographs of his reporter’s notebook on Twitter, signaling the lengths he’d gone to and asking readers to suggest more charities to call. The run of coverage benefited greatly from the work of Post researcher Alice Crites and reporter Rosalind S. Helderman.
- Little proof of Trump’s big giving
- Half of money Trump raised for vets reaches charities
- Portrait of Trump as donor emerges by David A. Fahrenthold and Rosalind S. Helderman
- Four months later, Trump says he gave to veterans
- Trump generous with his promises to charity
- On TV, Trump pledged money out of my wallet by David A. Fahrenthold and Alice Crites
- Trump’s charity runs on few of his own dollars
- Trump used charity’s money to settle his legal disputes
- Trump charity ordered to stop raising money
- Trump ‘I regret’ lewd chat in 2005