Pulitzer Prizes were awarded Friday to news organizations that provided thorough coverage of the dramatic twists and turns in 2020, a year dominated by a pandemic that left millions dead and a national conversation on the race following the assassination of George Floyd.
The award for public service, considered the most prestigious by Pulitzers, went to The New York Times for its coverage of the coronavirus pandemic, an award shared by many sections of the newspaper.
The Pulitzer Board also recognized journalism that investigated law enforcement practices over the course of a year of worldwide street protests, partly inspired by the assassination of Mr. Floyd, a black man, by a Minneapolis police officer.
The Tampa Bay Times won the Local Reporting Award for revealing a data-driven police initiative in Pasco County, Fla., That intimidated and harassed local residents and branded some school children as future criminals.
Employees at The Star Tribune in Minneapolis won in the breaking news category for their coverage of the murder of Mr. Floyd and the reverberations that lasted for several months afterwards.
BuzzFeed News won its first Pulitzer in the international reporting category for its investigative series on the extent of China’s internment of Uighurs, a largely Muslim minority.
The Times won another Pulitzer in honor of his work in 2020 for critique, an honor that went to Wesley Morris, a critic who writes on a wide range of topics, often with an emphasis on contributions from black artists to American culture. It was the second Pulitzer for Mr. Morris, who won the Critics category for his essays at The Boston Globe in 2012.
The board also announced that Darnella Frazier, the teenager who filmed the murder of Mr. Floyd, would receive a special referral.
The Pulitzer Prizes, first awarded in 1917 and awarded annually by Columbia University for expertise in journalism, books, music and drama, were announced via video livestream by Pulitzer Board co-chairs Mindy Marqués González and Stephen Engelberg.
Board leaders noted that journalists encountered unusual challenges last year as they worked remotely due to the coronavirus pandemic and sometimes faced danger, often from police officers, while covering street protests.
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