The 2020 winners of the prestigious Pulitzer Prize for Journalism were announced in early May, 2020. Congratulations to all the amazing writers and staffs!
Descriptions of the individual awards are credited to the Pulitzer Prize website. Links (in brown) will take you to more information about the winners.
The Pulitzer Prize Gold Medal is awarded each year to the American news organization that wins the Public Service category.
Public Service Anchorage Daily News with contributions from ProPublica For a riveting series that revealed a third of Alaska’s villages had no police protection, took authorities to task for decades of neglect, and spurred an influx of money and legislative changes.
Breaking News Reporting Staff of The Courier-Journal, Louisville, Ky. For its rapid coverage of hundreds of last-minute pardons by Kentucky’s governor, showing how the process was marked by opacity, racial disparities and violations of legal norms.
Investigative Reporting Brian M. Rosenthal of The New York Times For an exposé of New York City’s taxi industry that showed how lenders profited from predatory loans that shattered the lives of vulnerable drivers, reporting that ultimately led to state and federal investigations and sweeping reforms.
Explanatory Reporting Staff of The Washington Post For a groundbreaking series that showed with scientific clarity the dire effects of extreme temperatures on the planet.
Local Reporting Staff of The Baltimore Sun For illuminating, impactful reporting on a lucrative, undisclosed financial relationship between the city’s mayor and the public hospital system she helped to oversee.
National Reporting T. Christian Miller, Megan Rose and Robert Faturechi of ProPublica For their investigation into America’s 7th Fleet after a series of deadly naval accidents in the Pacific.
Dominic Gates, Steve Miletich, Mike Baker and Lewis Kamb of The Seattle Times For groundbreaking stories that exposed design flaws in the Boeing 737 MAX that led to two deadly crashes and revealed failures in government oversight.
International Reporting Staff of The New York Times For a set of enthralling stories, reported at great risk, exposing the predations of Vladimir Putin’s regime.
Feature Writing Ben Taub of The New Yorker For a devastating account of a man who was kidnapped, tortured and deprived of his liberty for more than a decade at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility, blending on-the-ground reporting and lyrical prose to offer a nuanced perspective on America’s wider war on terror. (Moved into contention by the Board.)
Commentary Nikole Hannah-Jones of The New York Times For a sweeping, provocative and personal essay for the ground-breaking 1619 Project, which seeks to place the enslavement of Africans at the center of America’s story, prompting public conversation about the nation’s founding and evolution.
Criticism Christopher Knight of the Los Angeles Times For work demonstrating extraordinary community service by a critic, applying his expertise and enterprise to critique a proposed overhaul of the L.A. County Museum of Art and its effect on the institution’s mission.
Editorial Writing Jeffery Gerritt of the Palestine (Tx.) Herald Press For editorials that exposed how pre-trial inmates died horrific deaths in a small Texas county jail—reflecting a rising trend across the state—and courageously took on the local sheriff and judicial establishment, which tried to cover up these needless tragedies.
Editorial Cartooning Barry Blitt, contributor, The New Yorker For work that skewers the personalities and policies emanating from the Trump White House. (Moved into contention by the Board.)
Breaking News Photography Photography Staff of Reuters For wide-ranging and illuminating photographs of Hong Kong as citizens protested infringement of their civil liberties and defended the region’s autonomy by the Chinese government.
Feature Photography Channi Anand, Mukhtar Khan and Dar Yasin of Associated Press For striking images captured during a communications blackout in Kashmir depicting life in the contested territory as India stripped it of its semi-autonomy.
Audio Reporting Staff of This American Life with Molly O’Toole of the Los Angeles Times and Emily Green, freelancer, Vice News For “The Out Crowd,” revelatory, intimate journalism that illuminates the personal impact of the Trump Administration’s “Remain in Mexico” policy.
For information about Prize winners in other categories (the arts and fiction) click on the link below.