New York, NY (May 4, 2020) — Columbia University today announces the 2020 Pulitzer Prizes, awarded on the recommendation of the Pulitzer Prize Board.
The Board also announces the election of its two co-chairs: Stephen Engelberg, Editor-in-Chief, ProPublica, and Aminda Marqués Gonzalez, President, Publisher and Executive Editor, Miami Herald. Both Engelberg and Marqués Gonzalez are entering their ninth year as Pulitzer Prize Board members.
For more information on this year’s Prize finalists and winners in Journalism, Books, Drama and Music, please visit Pulitzer.org to find biographical information and read winning work.
The 2020 Pulitzer Prize winners are:
Anchorage Daily News in collaboration with ProPublica
Breaking News Reporting
Staff of The Courier-Journal, Louisville, Ky.
Brian M. Rosenthal of The New York Times
Staff of The Washington Post
Staff of The Baltimore Sun
T. Christian Miller, Megan Rose and Robert Faturechi of ProPublica
Dominic Gates, Steve Miletich, Mike Baker and Lewis Kamb of The Seattle Times
Staff of The New York Times
Ben Taub of The New Yorker
Nikole Hannah-Jones of The New York Times
Christopher Knight of the Los Angeles Times
Jeffery Gerritt of the Palestine (Tx.) Herald-Press
Barry Blitt, contributor, The New Yorker
Breaking News Photography
Photography Staff of Reuters
Channi Anand, Mukhtar Khan and Dar Yasin of the Associated Press
Staff of This American Life with Molly O’Toole of the Los Angeles Times and Emily Green, freelancer, Vice News for “The Out Crowd”
LETTERS AND DRAMA
"The Nickel Boys" by Colson Whitehead (Doubleday)
"A Strange Loop" by Michael R. Jackson
"Sweet Taste of Liberty: A True Story of Slavery and Restitution in America" by W. Caleb McDaniel (Oxford University Press)
"Sontag: Her Life and Work" by Benjamin Moser (Ecco/HarperCollins)
"The Tradition" by Jericho Brown (Copper Canyon Press)
"The Undying: Pain, Vulnerability, Mortality, Medicine, Art, Time, Dreams, Data, Exhaustion, Cancer, and Care" by Anne Boyer (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
"The End of the Myth: From the Frontier to the Border Wall in the Mind of America" by Greg Grandin (Metropolitan Books)
"The Central Park Five" by Anthony Davis, premiered by Long Beach Opera on June 15, 2019
Ida B. Wells
A press kit is available at Pulitzer.org/media.
The Pulitzer Prizes were established by Joseph Pulitzer, a Hungarian-American journalist and newspaper publisher, who left money to Columbia University upon his death in 1911. A portion of his bequest was used to found the School of Journalism in 1912 and to establish the Pulitzer Prizes, which were first awarded in 1917.
The 19-member Pulitzer Board is composed mainly of leading journalists or news executives from media outlets across the U.S., as well as five academics or persons in the arts. The dean of Columbia Journalism School and the administrator of the Prizes are nonvoting members. The chair rotates annually to the most senior member or members. The board is self-perpetuating in the election of members. Voting members may serve three terms of three years each for a total of nine years.