The New York Times
The Pulitzer committee honored The New York Times with the prestigious public service award for its “prescient and sweeping” coverage of the Covid-19 pandemic, particularly for filling “a data vacuum that helped local governments, health care providers, businesses and individuals to be better prepared and protected.” Read the coverage here.
Finalists ProPublica; The Courier-Journal of Louisville, Ky.
Staff of The Star Tribune of Minneapolis
The Star Tribune won the award for its “authoritative and nuanced” coverage of the murder of George Floyd.
Finalists 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 off the road.
Finalists 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 honored a team of Reuters reporters for their coverage of an arcane legal doctrine that “shields police who use excessive force from prosecution.” The Atlantic’s science reporter Ed Yong won the award for his coverage of the pandemic.
Finalists Megha Rajagopalan, Alison Killing and Christo Buschek of BuzzFeed News
Kathleen McGrory and Neil Bedi of The Tampa Bay Times
The committee recognized an exposé of a powerful sheriff in Florida, Chris Nocco, who harassed residents and used private child welfare records and academic grades to profile schoolchildren as potential criminals, effectively terrorizing members of his community.
Finalists Jack Dolan and Brittny Mejia of The Los Angeles Times; Staff of The Post and Courier of Charleston, S.C.
Staffs of The Marshall Project, AL.com of Birmingham, Ala., IndyStar of Indianapolis, and the Invisible Institute of Chicago
A yearlong investigation revealed a pattern of disturbing attacks by police K-9 units across the country, including incidents in which innocent civilians were injured or, in at least one case, killed.
Finalists 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 revealed a vast infrastructure of prisons and mass internment camps secretly built by China to detain thousands of persecuted Muslim minorities.
Finalists 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
Nadja Drost, a freelance contributor, for a “brave and gripping account” of migrants’ journey through the Darién Gap, one of the most dangerous routes in the world, and Mitchell S. Jackson, for a deeply affecting account of the death of Ahmaud Arbery.
Finalists Greg Jaffe of The Washington Post
Michael Paul Williams of the Richmond Times Dispatch in Virginia
For “penetrating and historically insightful columns” that helped to guide Richmond’s process of dismantling monuments to systemic racism.
Finalists Roy S. Johnson of the Alabama Media Group; Melinda Henneberger of The Kansas City Star
Wesley Morris of The New York Times
Finalists Mark Swed of The Los Angeles Times; Craig Jenkins of New York Magazine
Robert Greene of The Los Angeles Times
Finalists Lee Hockstader of The Washington Post; Alan Wirzbicki and Rachelle G. Cohen of The Boston Globe
Finalists Ken Fisher, drawing 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
Finalists Hassan Ammar, Hussein Malla and Felipe Dana of The Associated Press; Joshua Irwandi, a freelance photographer for National Geographic
Emilio Morenatti of The Associated Press
Finalists Staff of Getty Images; Tyler Hicks of The New York Times
Lisa Hagen, Chris Haxel, Graham Smith and Robert Little of National Public Radio
Finalists Staff of National Public Radio; Staffs of the Invisible Institute of Chicago, The Intercept and Topic Studios
For her recording of the killing of George Floyd, which spurred a global reckoning with police brutality.
“The Night Watchman,” by Louise Erdrich
Finalists “A Registry of My Passage Upon the Earth,” by Daniel Mason; “Telephone,” by Percival Everett
“Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America,” by Marcia Chatelain
Finalists “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 Are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X,” by the late Les Payne and Tamara Payne
Finalists “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
Finalists “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
Finalists “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
Finalists “Circle Jerk” by Michael Breslin and Patrick Foley; “Stew” by Zora Howard
“Stride” by Tania León
Finalists “Place” by Ted Hearne; “Data Lords” by Maria Schneider