Two issues that have dominated the news reporting during the last year were in focus for this year’s Pulitzer Prize. The prize board also uniquely stressed citizen reporting mentioning the teenager who with her mobile phone recorded video of the Floyd’s murder.
The board said it was awarding a “special citation” to Darnella Frazier, the teenage bystander who recorded video of Floyd’s murder on her cellphone, which it said highlighted “the crucial role of citizens in journalists’ quest for truth and justice.”
The Star Tribune won the prize for breaking news reporting for what the board called its “urgent, authoritative and nuanced” coverage of the murder of George Floyd.
Reuters and the Atlantic shared the award for explanatory reporting.
The New York Times won the public service journalism honour for its “prescient and sweeping coverage of the coronavirus pandemic.”
The Boston Globe won for investigative reporting for uncovering a systematic failure by state governments to share information about dangerous truck drivers that could have kept them off the road.
The Reuters team – Andrew Chung, Lawrence Hurley, Andrea Januta, Jaimi Dowdell and Jackie Botts – were awarded for “pioneering data analysis” that showed how an obscure legal doctrine of ‘qualified immunity’ shielded police who use excessive force from prosecution.
They shared the explanatory prize with The Atlantic’s Ed Yong for “a series of lucid, definitive pieces on the COVID-19 pandemic.”
The Associated Press won the breaking news photography award for its images of the protests.
Robert Greene of the Los Angeles Times won for editorial writing for his work on bail reform and prisons.
The Pulitzer Prizes have been handed out since 1917, when newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer established them in his will.