The 2020 Pulitzer Prize Winners

Columbia University announced the 2020 Pulitzer Prizes, awarded on the recommendation of the Pulitzer Prize Board.

May 04, 2020

At a little after 3:00PM ET today, Dana Canedy, administrator of the Pulitzer Prizes, announced the 2020 Pulitzer Prize winners via streamed video with journalists, authors and musicians raising virtual toasts. 

Originally planned for April 20, the Pulitzer Prize board made the decision to postpone the awards to provide more time for judging during this unprecedented global crisis because many of its members are journalists who have been on the frontlines of covering the coronavirus pandemic.


Public Service
The Anchorage Daily News, in collaboration with ProPublica

Breaking News Reporting
Staff of The Courier-Journal, Louisville, Ky

Investigative Reporting
Brian M. Rosenthal of The New York Times

Explanatory Reporting
Staff of The Washington Post

Local Reporting
Staff of The Baltimore Sun

National Reporting
T. Christian Miller, Megan Rose and Robert Faturechi of ProPublica and Dominic Gates, Steve Miletich, Mike Baker and Lewis Kamb of The Seattle Times

International Reporting
Staff of The New York Times

Feature Writing
Ben Taub of The New Yorker

Nikole Hannah-Jones of The New York Times

Christopher Knight of the Los Angeles Times

Editorial Writing
Jeffery Gerritt of the Palestine (Tx.) Herald-Press

Editorial Cartooning
Barry Blitt, contributor, The New Yorker

Breaking News Photography
Photography Staff of Reuters

Feature Photography
Channi Anand, Mukhtar Khan and Dar Yasin of the Associated Press

Audio Reporting
Staff of This American Life with Molly O’Toole of the Los Angeles Times and Emily Green, freelancer for 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)

General Nonfiction
The Undying: Pain, Vulnerability, Mortality, Medicine, Art, Time, Dreams, Data, Exhaustion, Cancer, and Care by Anne Boyer (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) and 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

Special Citation

Ida B. Wells