June 1, 2023


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Chronicle named Pulitzer finalist for investigation and photography

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The San Francisco Chronicle has been named a finalist for two 2023 Pulitzer Prizes. The Chronicle was honored for its investigation into the crisis within metropolis-funded long-lasting supportive housing for homeless individuals and for its photography of the fentanyl epidemic.

The Chronicle was honored in the Investigative Reporting group for its three-aspect series “Broken Properties,” documented by Trisha Thadani and Joaquin Palomino, which uncovered how San Francisco Mayor London Breed’s administration has unsuccessful to adequately oversee the century-outdated solitary-space-occupancy lodges, or SROs, it relies on to house the city’s most vulnerable citizens. 

“Joaquin and Trisha’s reporting compelled San Francisco leaders to expend thousands and thousands extra on housing for homeless men and women, prompted voters to enact a new metropolis legislation and — most importantly — amplified the voices of individuals who had prolonged been dismissed by the effective,” reported Lisa Gartner, The Chronicle’s investigative editor. “To say this is the standard we try for as investigative journalists is an understatement. I am so immensely proud of them.”

Staff members photographers Gabrielle Lurie and Stephen Lam ended up named finalists for the Pulitzer Prize for aspect photography for their work documenting the deadly fentanyl epidemic in San Francisco. Lurie and Lam depicted the influence of the disaster on people today who are addicted to fentanyl, their family members and communities. 

JT Farrell, 32, rests near a warm sewer grate on San Francisco’s Larkin Street on Jan. 13, 2022. Photographers Gabrielle Lurie and Stephen Lam ended up honored as Pulitzer Prize finalists in attribute pictures for their function on the fentanyl crisis. 

Gabrielle Lurie/The Chronicle

“Gabrielle Lurie and Stephen Lam worked relentlessly and at excellent personalized hazard to expose the devastating harm caused by this drug: from victims caught in its grip to families still left grieving to our city reeling from the drug’s lethal wake,” mentioned Chronicle Director of Visuals Nicole Frugé. “Tragically, these scenes participate in out every single day on our streets. Lam and Lurie captured them in unflinching still compassionate images that show each the horror and humanity of the fentanyl epidemic in equal parts.”

The Chronicle’s SRO investigation found that in spite of expending $160 million on a yearly basis on long-lasting supportive housing, many SROs were being plagued with unsafe and unsanitary circumstances in which citizens lived in squalor and anxiety and deadly drug overdoses ended up common. 

Lots of residents had been subject to evictions for the exact issues that created them qualified for supportive housing, sending them again to the streets, where prospective tenants awaited acceptable placements, even as rooms sat empty.

Study “Broken Homes”:

Reporters Thadani and Palomino documented “Broken Homes” alongside photographers Lam and Scott Strazzante, who depicted the individuals at the heart of the disaster, such as all those facing eviction, mourning the fatalities of spouse and children users and neighbors to overdose, and activists doing work to support fellow neighborhood members. 

The Pulitzer Prize is amongst the most prestigious awards in journalism and honors the very best reporting, pictures, commentary and criticism. Lurie was a finalist for the 2022 Pulitzer for characteristic pictures.  

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