NEW YORK – The New York Times won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service on Friday for its coverage of the coronavirus pandemic, while the Star Tribune of Minneapolis won the top award for his reporting after the murder of George Floyd by police.
The Associated Press has won two awards and expanded the category of photography, and the Pulitzer Prize Council awarded a special quote to the teenager who filmed George’s murder, Darnella Frazier.
There were a few years in journalism like 2020, when almost everything that happened was affected by COVID-19.
The announcement of the prizes was originally planned for April 19, but the Pulitzer Council postponed it until June to give its 18 members the opportunity to debate the entries in person, rather than remotely.
It was the second such ceremony to be repulsed amid the pandemic. Last year’s announcement was pushed back two weeks to give board members covering the pandemic more time to evaluate the finalists.
The Pulitzer Prize in Journalism was first awarded in 1917 and is considered the most coveted honor in the United States.
The awards lunch traditionally held at Columbia University in May has also been postponed.