The Pulitzers, the most prestigious honors in American journalism and the arts, have been awarded since 1917.
Pulitzer Prize Administrator Dana Canedy said during Monday's announcement that Kelly captured a "chilling image that reflected the photographer's reflexes and concentration". He has apologized for "the way I've behaved with colleagues in the past" but denied any non-consensual sexual contact.
The local reporting award went to The Cincinnati Enquirer for what the judges called "a riveting and insightful" narrative and video about the heroin epidemic in the area.
The Press Democrat of Santa Rosa, California, received the breaking news reporting award for coverage of the wildfires that swept through California wine country last fall, killing 44 people and destroying thousands of homes.
And in a dramatic cultural breakthough, 30-year-old rapper Kendrick Lamar won a Pulitzer for music in a category long reserved for classical works.
RAPPER KENDRICK LAMAR has won the Pulitzer Prize for music. Art critic Jerry Saltz of NY magazine won the criticism award. This year's music jurors were: violinist Regina Carter; Paul Cremo, a director at The Metropolitan Opera; Farah Jasmine Griffin, a professor of English, comparative literature and African-American studies at Columbia University; David Hadju, music critic for The Nation; and David Lang, a composer.
Reuters won two Pulitzer Prizes on Monday, one for exposing the methods of police killing squads in Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs, and one for feature photography documenting the Rohingya migrant crisis between Myanmar and Bangladesh.
Lamar's politically charged performance at the Grammy Awards in January won him wide praise.
The award was given "for deeply sourced, relentlessly reported coverage in the public interest that dramatically furthered the nation's understanding of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and its connections to the Trump campaign, the President-elect's transition team and his eventual administration". Then the Pulitzer board meets in secret to determine the winners.
Prizes were also awarded for fiction, nonfiction, drama, history, biography, poetry and music.
The Pulitzer Prizes recognize the best journalism of 2017 in newspapers, magazines and websites.