The 2020 Pulitzer Prize winners were announced on May 4 in 15 Journalism categories and seven Book, Drama and Music categories. The Pulitzer Prizes in journalism were first awarded in 1917 and are considered the field’s most prestigious honor in the U.S.
The 2020 Prize winners are:
|Breaking News Reporting||Staff of The Courier-Journal, Louisville, Ky.|
|Investigative Reporting||Brian M. Rosenthal of The New York Times|
|Explanatory Reporting||Staff of The Washington Post|
|Local Reporting||Staff of The Baltimore Sun|
|National Reporting||T. Christian Miller, Megan Rose and Robert Faturechi of ProPublica; Dominic Gates, Steve Miletich, Mike Baker and Lewis Kamb of The Seattle Times|
|International Reporting||Staff of The New York Times|
|Feature Writing||Ben Taub of The New Yorker|
|Commentary||Nikole Hannah-Jones of The New York Times|
|Criticism||Christopher Knight of the Los Angeles Times|
|Editorial Writing||Jeffery Gerritt of the Palestine (Tx.) Herald Press|
|Editorial Cartooning||Barry Blitt, contributor, The New Yorker|
The photography staff of Reuters won the breaking news photography award for documenting last year’s violent protests in Hong Kong.
Flames and smoke billow from a residential building where militants are suspected to have taken refuge during a gun battle in Pulwama, south of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Feb. 18, 2019. The image was part of a series of photographs by Associated Press photographers which won the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography
Associated Press photographers Channi Anand, Mukhtar Khan and Dar Yasin won the feature photography Award for Kashmir coverage.
Snaking around roadblocks, sometimes taking cover in strangers’ homes and hiding cameras in vegetable bags, the three photographers captured images of protests, police and paramilitary action and daily life – and then headed to an airport to persuade travelers to carry the photo files out with them and get them to the AP’s office in New Delhi.
|Audio Reporting||Staff of This American Life with Molly O’Toole of the Los Angeles Times and Emily Green, freelancer, Vice News|
|Public Service||Anchorage Daily News with contributions from ProPublica|
Letters, Drama and Music
- Drama: A Strange Loop, by Michael R. Jackson
- History: Sweet Taste of Liberty: A True Story of Slavery and Restitution in America, by W. Caleb McDaniel (Oxford University Press)
- Biography: Sontag: Her Life and Work, by Benjamin Moser (Ecco)
- Poetry: The Tradition, by Jericho Brown (Copper Canyon Press)
- General Nonfiction: The Undying: Pain, Vulnerability, Mortality, Medicine, Art, Time, Dreams, Data, Exhaustion, Cancer, and Care, by Anne Boyer (Farrar, Straus and Giroux),
The End of the Myth: From the Frontier to the Border Wall in the Mind of America, by Greg Grandin (Metropolitan Books)
- Music: The Central Park Five, by Anthony Davis
- Fiction: The Nickel Boys, by Colson Whitehead (Doubleday)
Ida B. Wells
(With inputs from Agencies)