Megha Rajagopalan of BuzzFeed News is one of two Indian-origin journalists who won the top journalistic award in the United States on Friday.
Megha Rajagopalan, an Indian-origin journalist, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting. She revealed a large infrastructure of jails and mass detention camps built surreptitiously by China to hold hundreds of thousands of Muslims in the restive Xinjiang province.
Neil Bedi of the Tampa Bay Times took home the award for local reporting. The prize was given to Neil Bedi and Kathleen McGrory for their series revealing a Sheriff's Office project that employed computer modeling to identify people suspected of being future criminals. A total of 1,000 persons, including children, were observed as part of the initiative.
The Tampa Bay Times' Neil Bedi is an investigative reporter.
"What Kathleen and Neil discovered in Pasco County has had a significant influence on the community," stated Mark Katches, executive editor of the Tampa Bay Times. "This is what the best investigative journalism can accomplish, and this is why it is so important."
The Xinjiang series by Ms. Rajagopalan earned the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting.
Rajagopalan was the first to visit a detention camp in Xinjiang in 2017, just a few months after China began detaining thousands of Muslims in the region, according to BuzzFeed News.
In retaliation, the authorities tried to silence her by canceling her visa and expelling her from the country, according to BuzzFeed News' award submission.
"Most Westerners would be denied access to the region, and journalists would be stymied. Basic information regarding inmates has decreased to a trickle."
Ms. Rajagopalan told BuzzFeed News minutes after she won that she wasn't even following the event live because she wasn't expecting to win. Mr. Schoofs called to congratulate her on her success, and that's when she found out.