Coverage of Alaska policing, Kashmir crackdown win Pulitzers


The New York Times picked up the most awards as the 2020 winners were announced yesterday. "Ironically, the very first time the prizes were presented was June 1917 - less than a year before the 1918 outbreak of the Spanish flu pandemic".

The Pulitzer Prizes are considered the most prestigious awards in journalism in the United States and have been awarded yearly since 1917.

Other journalism awards were given to Ben Taub for his New Yorker feature on a man who was kidnapped, tortured and deprived of his liberty for more than a decade at the Guantánamo Bay detention facility and Nikole Hannah-Jones of the New York Times for "a sweeping, deeply reported and personal essay" about the enslavement of Africans as part of the paper's acclaimed 1619 project.

But it was the Anchorage Daily News and ProPublica that nabbed what is considered to be the organization's highest honor - the Pulitzer for public service for a series of stories about a lack of police protection in Alaska's villages. The explanatory reporting prize was awarded to the staff of The Washington Post for a series that showed the effects of extreme temperatures on the planet. On Monday, Dana Canedy, who administers the Pulitzers, delivered the news from her living room, after the 18 board members hashed out the finalists and winners in "virtual and digital debate".

The Baltimore Sun took home the local reporting accolade for reporting on a financial relationship between the city's mayor and a public hospital system that her office oversaw. AP won the feature photography prize for its images of India's clampdown on Kashmir, while Reuters won the breaking news photography award for its coverage of the Hong Kong protests.

Mukhtar Khan, Yasin Dar and Channi Anand - working with the Associated Press (AP) - won the top honours for their work in the region after massive restrictions were put in place by the government following the move to end Jammu and Kashmir's special statusn and split it into two union territories - Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh. The board said the citation comes with a bequest of at least $50,000 in support of Wells' mission, with recipients to be announced.