AN IRISH journalist has been awarded the prestigious Pulitzer Prize for his work investigating and exposing the regime of Russian leader Vladimir Putin.
Malachy Browne, from Broadford in County Limerick, has gained global recognition for his work as a senior story producer with The New York Times in a series of ground breaking articles which explored the role of Putin's regime across the world.
One video article, published in October 2019 and which drew worldwide condemnation, proved that Russia bombed four Syrian hospitals.
The article was a collaboration between New York Times journalists Malachy Browne, Evan Hill, Christiaan Triebert, Dmitriy Khavin, Drew Jordan and Whitney Hurst, with Mr Browne leading the investigation.
The Pulitzer committee highlighted a total of eight articles which had led Mr Browne and the New York Times staff to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize in International Reporting.
The award, which the New York Times staff last won in 2017, is awarded on the basis of "a distinguished example of reporting on international affairs, using any available journalistic tool".
The Pulizter Committee chose Mr Browne's team's series of reporting into the Russian regime as the winning contribution for its "set of enthralling stories, reported at great risk, exposing the predations of Vladimir Putin's regime".
It's not the first time Mr Browne and his team have been recognised-- last year, they won an Emmy for their film documenting the Las Vegas massacre of 2017, a tragedy which left 59 people dead.