Coronavirus and race (and not Trump) dominate the 2021 Pulitzer Prizes

Coronavirus and race (and not Trump) dominate the 2021 Pulitzer Prizes

When we look back at 2020 in the United States, three central themes stand out. The coronavirus. The racial reckoning triggered by how some police treat people of color. And Donald Trump and the 2020 presidential election. Those themes were reflected when the Pulitzer Prizes for journalism were announced on Friday. Well, except for the Trump part. Remarkably, after five years of the news cycle being dominated by the bombastic president, Trump-related stories were scarcely noticeable among the finalists and winners of journalism’s top honors. But in a year when our world dramatically and forever changed because of a once-in-a-hundred-year pandemic and the murder of a Black man in Minneapolis and a Black woman in Louisville at the hands of police, the dogged work of journalists to investigate, scrutinize, explain and analyze these transformative events will be remembered among the most impressive and important journalism of the year … and of all-time. Pulitzer Prize Board co-chair Mindy Marqués González noted how journalists in 2020 were “pushed to the limits of their endurance.” That was evident as newsrooms across the country …
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