Pulitzer Prizes were awarded Friday to news organizations that provided in-depth coverage of the dramatic twists and turns of 2020, a year dominated by a pandemic that left millions dead and a national debate on race following the assassination of George Floyd.
The award for public service, considered the most coveted by the Pulitzers, went to The New York Times for its coverage of the coronavirus pandemic, an award shared by many departments at the newspaper.
The Pulitzer Board also recognized journalism that investigated law enforcement practices during a year of worldwide street protests, inspired in part by the murder of a black man, Floyd, by a Minneapolis police officer.
The National Reporting Award has been given to The Marshall Project, AL.com, IndyStar and the Invisible Institute for a collaboration investigation on police dogs used as weapons, often against innocent civilians, who reported that the government had reformed.
The Tampa Bay Times Wins Local Reporting Award for Exposure a data-driven policing initiative in Pasco County, Florida, who intimidated and harassed locals and labeled some school children as future criminals.
The staff of The Star Tribune in Minneapolis won the latest category for their coverage of the murder of Mr. Floyd and the reverberation that lasted months thereafter.
BuzzFeed News wins its first Pulitzer, in the international reporting category research series on the scale of China’s internment of Uyghurs, a mostly Muslim minority.
The Times won a second Pulitzer in honor of his critique in 2020, an honor bestowed on Wesley Morris, a general critic who writes on a wide variety of topics, often emphasizing the contributions of black artists to American culture . . This was the second Pulitzer for Mr. Morris, who won in the critique category for his essays in The Boston Globe in 2012.
The council also announced that Darnella Frazier, the teenager who committed the murder of Mr. Floyd filmed, would receive a special quote.
The Pulitzer Prizes, first awarded in 1917 and presented annually by Columbia University for excellence in journalism, books, music and drama, were presented by Pulitzer Council co-chairs Mindy Marqués González and Stephen Engelberg via video live stream announced.
The board leaders noted that reporters faced unusual challenges last year as they worked because of the coronavirus pandemic, and were sometimes found dangerous by police officers while handling street protests.
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