2021 Pulitzers honor coverage of coronavirus pandemic, U.S. racial injustice protests

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Coverage of the global coronavirus pandemic and racial injustice protests in the U.S. dominated this year’s Pulitzer Prizes.

The Associated Press won two Pulitzer Prizes in photography Friday for its coverage of the racial injustice protests and the coronavirus’s terrible toll on the elderly, while The New York Times received the public service award for its detailed, data-filled reporting on the pandemic.

In a year dominated by COVID-19 and furious debate over race and policing, the Star Tribune of Minneapolis won the breaking news reporting prize for its coverage of George Floyd’s murder and its aftermath, while Darnella Frazier – the teenager who recorded the killing on a cellphone – received a special citation.

The breaking news photography prize was shared by 10 AP photographers for their coverage of the protests set off by Floyd’s killing.

The New York Times received its public service prize for pandemic coverage that the judges said was “Courageous, prescient and sweeping coverage” and “Filled the data vacuum” for the public.

Prizes for explanatory reporting went to two recipients.

The national reporting prize went to the staffs of The Marshall Project, AL.com, IndyStar and the Invisible Institute for an investigation into attacks on people by police K-9 units around the country.

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