The New York Times won three Pulitzer Prizes on Monday, bringing the publication’s total to 130 since Columbia University began presenting the annual journalism award in 1917.

Ms. Hannah-Jones was recognized for her essay examining how slavery shaped the country — from its democracy to its material wealth — and how slavery’s legacy has persisted for the 400 years since the first slave ship reached Virginia.

“The 1619 Project is the most important work of my life,” Ms. Hannah-Jones said on Monday.

The essay was published on Aug. 14, and the magazine issue gained public attention immediately, with copies selling out and educators around the country teaching The 1619 Project. The Times also produced a six-part podcast related to the project.

Brian M. Rosenthal received the award for investigative reporting for a five-part series on how reckless loans, dispensed by a small group of New York taxi medallion owners, put thousands of immigrants in debt while bankers made huge profits. Mr. Rosenthal’s series exposed how government officials allowed lenders with political connections to skirt certain regulations.

“One by one, they told me how they had come to New York seeking the American dream, worked hard and gotten trapped in loans they did not understand,” Mr. Rosenthal wrote in a separate story explaining his reporting process.

The next day, the New York attorney general’s office opened up a criminal inquiry into the matter.

The staff of The Times received the award for international reporting in recognition of their reporting on how President Putin of Russia has used shadow warfare to undermine the West and restore Russia as a global power.

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