The 105th class of Pulitzer Prize 2021 winners in Journalism, Books, Drama and Music were announced recently recognizing the best work in a year in which people isolated themselves because of a deadly pandemic and took to the streets over racial injustice.
- The Pulitzer Prizes in journalism were first awarded in 1917 and are considered the field’s most prestigious honour in the United States.
- Pulitzer Prizes awarded a special citation to Darnella Frazier, the teenager who recorded the killing of George Floyd.
- The Star Tribune, of Minneapolis, won a Pulitzer Prize for breaking news for its coverage of the May 25, 2020, killing of Floyd and the resulting civil unrest that tore through the city.
Complete List of Winners:
|1.||The New York Times||Public service|
|2.||Wesley Morris of The New York Times||Criticism|
|3.||Robert Greene of the Los Angeles Times||Editorial writing|
|4.||Megha Rajagopalan, Alison Killing and Christo Buschek of BuzzFeed News||International Reporting|
|5.||Staff of the Star Tribune, Minneapolis, Minn.||Breaking News Reporting.|
|6.||Matt Rocheleau, Vernal Coleman, Laura Crimaldi, Evan Allen and Brendan McCarthy of The Boston Globe||Investigative Reporting|
|7.||Andrew Chung, Lawrence Hurley, Andrea Januta, Jaimi Dowdell and Jackie Botts of Reuters||Explanatory Reporting|
|8.||Kathleen McGrory and Neil Bedi of the Tampa Bay Times||Local Reporting|
|9.||Staffs of The Marshall Project; AL.com, Birmingham; IndyStar, Indianapolis; and the Invisible Institute, Chicago||National Reporting|
|10.||Mitchell S. Jackson, freelance contributor, Runner’s World||Feature Writing|
|11.||Michael Paul Williams of the Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch||Commentary|
|12.||Photography Staff of Associated Press||Breaking News Photography|
|13.||Emilio Morenatti of Associated Press||Feature Photography|
|14.||Lisa Hagen, Chris Haxel, Graham Smith and Robert Little of National Public Radio||Audio Reporting|
|BOOKS, DRAMA, AND MUSIC|
|15.||The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich||Fiction|
|16.||The Hot Wing King, by Katori Hall||Drama|
|17.||Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America, by Marcia Chatelain (Liveright/Norton)||History|
|18.||The Dead Are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X by Les Payne and Tamara Payne||Biography or autobiography|
|19.||Postcolonial Love Poem by Natalie Diaz||Poetry|
|20.||Wilmington’s Lie: The Murderous Coup of 1898 and the Rise of White Supremacy by David Zucchino||General nonfiction|
|21.||Stride, by Tania León (Peermusic Classical)||Music|
|22.||Darnella Frazier, The teenager who recorded the killing of George Floyd||Special Citation|
About Pulitzer Prize:
- The Pulitzer Prize is an award for achievements in newspaper, magazine, and online journalism, literature, and musical composition in the United States.
- It was established in 1917 by provisions in the will of American (Hungarian-born) Joseph Pulitzer who had made his fortune as a newspaper publisher and is administered by Columbia University in New York City.
- In twenty-two of the categories, each winner receives a certificate and a US $15,000 cash award (raised from $10,000 in 2017).
- The winner in the public service category is awarded a gold medal.