The New York Times won three Pulitzer Prizes and was named a five-time runner-up on Monday, while rival Washington Post won the public service award and Reuters won the feature photography award.
Ukrainian journalists also received a special citation for covering the Russian invasion, as the Pulitzer council paid tribute to the 12 journalists who were killed covering the war in Ukraine this year.
The annual Pulitzers are the most prestigious awards in American journalism, with special attention often given to the Public Service Award https://www.pulitzer.org/prize-winners-by-year.
This year, the award went to The Washington Post for its coverage of the US Capitol headquarters by supporters of former President Donald Trump, when a violent mob disrupted the congressional vote count that toppled Trump and officially named Joe Biden president.
The Washington Post won “for its compelling and vividly presented account of the assault on Washington on January 6, 2021, providing audiences with a thorough and unflinching understanding of one of the nation’s darkest days,” said announced Pulitzer Prize administrator Marjorie Miller.
The events of that day also resulted in a news photo Pulitzer for a team of Getty Images photographers.
In the background photography, a team of Reuters photographers, including the late Danish Siddiqui, who was killed last July while on assignment covering the war in Afghanistan, won the Pulitzer for coverage of the toll of the coronavirus pandemic in India.
Reuters, which was also named a feature film photography finalist for global climate change images, won for “images of India’s COVID toll that balance intimacy and devastation,” Miller said.
Besides Siddiqui, the Reuters photographers honored were Adnan Abidi, Sanna Irshad Mattoo and Amit Dave.
“A world largely concerned about its own suffering has been shaken by the scale of the outbreak in India after Reuters photographers documented it,” Reuters editor Alessandra Galloni said in a statement.
“To have the Dane’s incredible work honored in this way is a tribute to the lasting mark he left on the world of photojournalism,” Galloni said of Siddiqui, who was also on the team. of Reuters Photography to win the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Film Photography. for documenting the Rohingya refugee crisis.
The Pulitzer was 10th for Reuters, a unit of Thomson Reuters, and seventh in the past five years.
Along with three other Pulitzers this year, The New York Times has won 135 since the awards were first presented in 1917.
The Times picked one up for national reporting for its coverage of fatal police traffic stops; another for international reporting for its examination of the failures of the American air war in the Middle East; and a third for criticism of Salamishah Tillet, a critic at large, for her writings on race in arts and culture.
In addition to winning the award for international reporting, The Times has been named a finalist in the category twice: for the fall of Afghanistan and the assassination of the president of Haiti.
Additionally, New York Times journalist Andrea Elliott won a Pulitzer Prize in the general non-fiction category for her book “Invisible Child: Poverty, Survival and Hope in an American City,” which began with a series of 2013 published by the newspaper.
Pulitzer’s board took note of “difficult and dangerous times for journalists around the world,” noting 12 journalists killed covering the war in Ukraine, eight Mexican journalists murdered this year and other cases of assault and intimidation against journalists in Afghanistan and Myanmar.
The special citation for Ukrainian journalists applauded their “courage, endurance and commitment to truthful reporting during Vladimir Putin’s ruthless invasion of their country and his propaganda war in Russia.”
The awards, given since 1917, were established in the will of newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer, who died in 1911 and left money to help start a school of journalism at Columbia University and establish the prices.
They started with four awards in journalism, four in arts and theatre, one in education and five travel grants. Today, they typically honor 15 categories in media reporting, writing, and photography, as well as seven awards in books, drama, and music.
A committee made up primarily of editors from major US media outlets and academics chairs the judging process that determines the winners.