Pulitzer Prizes 2021: The New York Times, Associated Press win big for COVID-19, black lives matter coverage

Notably, the 18-year old Darnella Frazier was honoured with the Special Citation for her cell phone recording of George Floyd’s murder which spurred racial injustice protests all over the world. 

Created On: Jun 12, 2021 13:03 ISTModified On: Jun 12, 2021 13:03 IST

The Pulitzer Prizes 2021, the highest honour in journalism, were announced on June 11, 2021.

The awards recognized the work of news outlets and their groundbreaking coverage of various historic events that shaped 2020, including devastating global pandemic, racial justice reckoning, or polarizing Presidential elections in the US.

One of the biggest contenders for the 2021 Pulitzer Prize was the New York Times investigation of the Income Tax information that the former US President Donald Trump kept from the public.

Even though the story did not take home the prize, The Times won two honours- Public Service and Criticism Pulitzers- for its extensive and in-depth COVID-19 coverage.

Another notable honour, the Breaking News Award went to the Star Tribune of Minneapolis for its reporting following George Floyd’s killing.

The Associated Press bagged two Pulitzer Prizes in photography for its coverage of the racial injustice protests as well as the Coronavirus’s toll on the elderly.

Pulitzer Prizes 2021 were originally scheduled for April 19, but the awards were postponed for the second consecutive year so that its 18 members board can deliberate in person, rather than remotely.

Special Citation for recording George Floyd’s murder:

Notably, the 18-year old Darnella Frazier was honoured with the Special Citation for her cell phone recording of George Floyd’s murder. Her video spurred protests against police brutality all over the world, highlighting the significant role of citizens in journalists’ quest for truth and justice.

You can check the complete list of winners of 2021 Pulitzer Prizes for journalism, photography below:



Breaking News Reporting

Star Tribune

Investigative Reporting

The Boston Globe

Explanatory Reporting

The Atlantic and Reuters

Local Reporting

Tampa Bay Times

National Reporting

Al.com, Birmingham; IndyStar, Indianapolis; the Invisible Institute, Chicago

International Reporting

Buzzfeed News

Feature Writing

The California Sunday Magazine and Runner’s World


Richmond Times-Dispatch


The New York Times

Editorial Writing

Los Angeles Times

Breaking News Photography

Photography Staff of Associated Press

Feature Photography

Associated Press

Public Service

The New York Times

Pulitzer Prize:

It is an award for achievements in magazine and online journalism, newspaper, literature, and musical composition. Pulitzer Prize was established in 1917 by the provisions in the will of Joseph Pulitzer, who made his fortune as a newspaper publisher. The prize is administered by the Columbia University.

Each winner of the Pulitzer Prize receives a certificate and a $15000 cash award. The winner in the public service category of Pulitzer is awarded a gold medal.

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