New York, 12 June 2021 (dpa/MIA) – The New York Times and other US media were awarded Pulitzer Prizes on Friday for their reporting on the coronavirus pandemic and protests against racism and police brutality.
The public service prize went to The New York Times for “courageous, prescient and sweeping coverage” of the pandemic, the organizers said.
Ed Yong from The Atlantic magazine was honoured for his explanatory reporting and photographer Emilio Morenatti from news agency Associated Press (AP) was awarded for a series of pictures showing the impact of the pandemic on older people in Spain.
The Minnapolis Star Tribune and AP photographers were among those honoured for its coverage of the death of George Floyd during a brutal police operation in May 2020 and the protests that followed.
Darnella Frazier, who filmed the death of Floyd on her phone as it was happening, received a special citation.
Frazier, who was 17 at the time, acted courageously in recording the events that spurred protests around the world and “highlighting the crucial role of citizens in journalists’ quest for truth and justice.”
The Pulitzer Prizes were awarded for the 105th time this year. The winners are decided by a jury based at New York’s Columbia University.