The New York Times
The Pulitzer Committee honors The New York Times with the prestigious Public Service Award for its ‘provisional and comprehensive’ coverage of the Covid-19 pandemic, especially for filling a data vacuum affecting local governments, healthcare providers, businesses and individuals helped to be better prepared and protected. Read the article here.
Finalist ProPublica; The Courier Journal of Louisville, Ky.
Staff of The Star Tribune of Minneapolis
The Star Tribune has the award for its “authoritative and nuanced” coverage of the murder of George Floyd.
Finalist Staff of The Courier-Journal, of Louisville, Ky .; Helen Branswell, Andrew Joseph and the late Sharon Begley of STAT, Boston
Matt Rocheleau, Vernal Coleman, Laura Crimaldi, Evan Allen and Brendan McCarthy of The Boston Globe
The Boston Globe won the Investigative Reporting Award for its extensive coverage of dangerous truck drivers and the failure of state governments to keep them out of the way.
Finalist Dake Kang and the staff of The Associated Press; Margie Mason and Robin McDowell of The Associated Press
Andrew Chung, Lawrence Hurley, Andrea Januta, Jaimi Dowdell and Jackie Botts of Reuters; Ed Yong of the Atlantic
The Pulitzer Committee honors a Reuters Reports Team for their coverage of an insane legal doctrine that ‘protects police who use excessive force against prosecution’. The Atlantic Scientific Reporter Ed Yong won the award for its coverage of the pandemic.
Finalist Megha Rajagopalan, Alison Killing and Christo Buschek of BuzzFeed News
Kathleen McGrory and Neil Bedi of The Tampa Bay Times
The committee acknowledged an outline of a powerful sheriff in Florida, Chris Nocco, who harassed residents and used private child welfare records and academic degrees to describe school children as potential criminals, effectively terrorizing members of his community.
Finalist Jack Dolan and Brittny Mejia of The Los Angeles Times; Staff of The Post and Courier of Charleston, SC
Staff from The Marshall Project, AL.com from Birmingham, Ala., IndyStar from Indianapolis, and the Invisible Institute of Chicago
A years-long investigation has revealed a pattern of disturbing attacks by police’s K-9 units across the country, including incidents in which innocent civilians were injured or, in at least one case, killed.
Finalist Staff of The New York Times; Staff of The Wall Street Journal
Megha Rajagopalan, Alison Killing and Christo Buschek of BuzzFeed News
Using satellite imagery, the reporters uncover a vast infrastructure of prisons and mass internment camps secretly built by China to detain thousands of persecuted Muslim minorities.
Finalist BuzzFeed News and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists; Staff of The New York Times; Staff of The Wall Street Journal
Nadja Drost of The California Sunday Magazine; Mitchell S. Jackson of Runner’s World
Me. Drost, a freelance contributor, wrote a “brave and moving version” of the journey that migrants undertake through the Darién gap between Colombia and Panama, and Mr. Jackson wrote an “in-depth report” from the death of Ahmaud Arbery.
Finalist Greg Jaffe of The Washington Post
Michael Paul Williams of the Richmond Times Dispatch in Virginia
For ‘penetrating and historically informative columns’ covering the Richmond’s process of the dismantling of monuments to the Confederate leaders during the Civil War.
Finalist Roy S. Johnson of the Alabama Media Group; Melinda Henneberger of The Kansas City Star
Wesley Morris of The New York Times
For ‘incessantly relevant and deeply involved criticism’ with a series of essays that explored the intersection of race and pop culture with insight, sharpness and urgency. Read the essays here.
Finalist Mark Swed of The Los Angeles Times; Craig Jenkins of New York Magazine
Robert Greene of The Los Angeles Times
Finalist Lee Hockstader of The Washington Post; Alan Wirzbicki and Rachelle G. Cohen of The Boston Globe
Finalist Ken Fisher, as Ruben Bolling, for ‘Tom the Dancing Bug’, Andrews McMeel Syndicate; Lalo Alcaraz of Andrews McMeel Syndicate; Marty Two Bulls Sr.
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Photography staff of The Associated Press
Finalist Hassan Ammar, Hussein Malla and Felipe Dana of The Associated Press; Joshua Irwandi, a freelance photographer from National Geographic
Emilio Morenatti of The Associated Press
Finalist Getty Images staff; Tyler Hicks of The New York Times
Lisa Hagen, Chris Haxel, Graham Smith and Robert Little of National Public Radio
Finalist National Public Radio staff; Staff from the Invisible Institute of Chicago, The Intercept and Topic Studios
For her recording of the murder of George Floyd, which sparked a worldwide crackdown on police brutality.
“The Night Watchman,” by Louise Erdrich
This entry in the ongoing Chippewa Chronicles takes place in the 1950s, the title character inspired by Ms. Erdrich’s grandfather and the letters he sent to politicians in Washington in an attempt to save his tribe.
Finalist “A Register of My Walk on Earth,” by Daniel Mason; ‘Phone’ by Percival Everett
“Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America,” by Marcia Chatelain
“Franchise” connects McDonald’s with the civil rights movement, and tells the story of the increasingly complex ties between the fast food tree and the black communities.
Finalist “The Deviant’s War: The Homosexual vs. the United States of America, ”by Eric Cervini; “The Three-Cornered War: The Union, the Confederacy, and Native Peoples in the Fight for the West,” by Megan Kate Nelson
“The Dead Rise: The Life of Malcolm X,” by the late Les Payne and Tamara Payne
This poetic biography, completed by Les Payne’s daughter and lead researcher, Tamara Payne, after his death in 2018, reconstructs the circumstances and important moments of Malcolm X’s life using hundreds of original interviews with his family, friends, colleagues and opponents.
Finalist “Red Comet: The Short Life and Blazing Art of Sylvia Plath,” by Heather Clark; “Stranger in the Shogun’s City: A Japanese Woman and Her World,” by Amy Stanley
“Postcolonial Love Poem,” by Natalie Diaz
Finalist “A Treatise on Stars,” by Mei-mei Berssenbrugge; “In the Lateness of the World” by Carolyn Forché
“Wilmington’s Lie: The Murderous Coup of 1898 and the Rise of White Supremacy,” by David Zucchino
Finalist “Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning,” by Cathy Park Hong; “Yellow Bird: Oil, Murder, and a Woman’s Search for Justice in Indian Country,” by Sierra Crane Murdoch
“The Hot Wing King” by Katori Hall
In this work on a quest to make award-winning chicken wings, Ms. Hall (40) challenged conventional definitions of masculinity and fatherhood in Black America.
Finalist “Circle Jerk” by Michael Breslin and Patrick Foley; “Stew” by Zora Howard
“Stride” by Tania León
This understated, hauntingly ineffective orchestral work was premiered by the New York Philharmonic in February 2020 in honor of the 19th Amendment, which extended the mood to women. The courage of Susan B. Anthony and me. León’s progressive grandmother inspired wild energy music, with an ominous undercurrent.
Finalist “Place” by Ted Hearne; “Data Lords” by Maria Schneider