Teenager Darnella Frazier Wins Special Pulitzer

The most prestigious prizes in journalism and the arts, the Pulitzers, were given out today. Here's all you need to know about the awards and who won them, including Darnella Frazier, the teen whose cellphone video of George Floyd's murder outraged the world and led to his killer's conviction. Plus, read some of the groundbreaking pieces that caught the judges' eyes.

Teenager Darnella Frazier Wins Special Pulitzer


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    Breaking News: Staff of the Star Tribune, Minneapolis

    For "its urgent, authoritative and nuanced coverage of the death of George Floyd at the hands of police in Minneapolis and of the reverberations that followed."

    Public Service: The New York Times

    For "courageous, prescient and sweeping coverage of the coronavirus pandemic that exposed racial and economic inequities, government failures in the U.S. and beyond, and filled a data vacuum that helped local governments, healthcare providers, businesses and individuals to be better prepared and protected."

    Investigative Reporting: Boston Globe

    Matt Rocheleau, Vernal Coleman, Laura Crimaldi, Evan Allen and Brendan McCarthy for "reporting that uncovered a systematic failure by state governments to share information about dangerous truck drivers that could have kept them off the road, prompting immediate reforms."

    Local Reporting: Tampa Bay Times

    Kathleen McGrory and Niel Bedi for "resourceful, creative reporting that exposed how a powerful and politically connected sheriff built a secretive intelligence operation that harassed residents and used grades and child welfare records to profile schoolchildren."

    National Reporting: Marshall Project,, IndyStar & Invisible InstitutE

    For a collaborative project between four titles, "a year-long investigation of K-9 units and the damage that police dogs inflict on Americans, including innocent citizens and police officers, prompting numerous statewide reforms."

    Feature Writing: Runners' World/California Sunday Magazine

    Mitchell S. Johnson of Runners' World for "a deeply affecting account of the killing of Ahmaud Arbery that combined vivid writing, thorough reporting and personal experience to shed light on systemic racism in America." Nadja Drost of the California Sunday Magazine for "a brave and gripping account of global migration that documents a group’s journey on foot through the Darién Gap, one of the most dangerous migrant routes in the world."

    Explanatory Reporting: The Atlantic/Reuters

    Ed Yong of The Atlantic for a series of lucid, definitive pieces on the COVID-19 pandemic that... provided clear and accessible context for the scientific and human challenges it posed." Andrew Chung, Lawrence Hurley, Andrea Januta, Jaimi Dowdell and Jacki Botts of Reuters for "an exhaustive examination, powered by a pioneering data analysis of U.S. federal court cases, of the obscure legal doctrine of “qualified immunity” and how it shields police who use excessive force from prosecution."

    Breaking News Photography: Associated Press

    For "a collection of photographs from multiple U.S. cities that cohesively captures the country's response to the death of George Floyd."

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