NEW YORK — The Minneapolis Star Tribune won the 2021 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news reporting Friday, June 11, for what the Pulitzer board called its “urgent, authoritative and nuanced” coverage of the murder of George Floyd at the hands of the police in May 2020.
The board also said it was awarding a “special citation” to Darnella Frazier, the Minneapolis teenaged bystander who recorded video of Floyd’s murder on her cellphone, which it said highlighted “the crucial role of citizens in journalists’ quest for truth and justice.”
Many of the prizes went for coverage of policing and the global protest movement that erupted after Floyd’s killing: the Associated Press won the breaking news photography award for its images of the protests, while Robert Greene of the Los Angeles Times won for editorial writing for his work on bail reform and prisons.
Reuters and the Atlantic shared the award for explanatory reporting.
The Pulitzer Prizes are the most prestigious awards in American journalism and have been handed out since 1917, when newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer established them in a bequest to New York’s Columbia University in his will.