Pulitzer Prize awards include reporting on climate change, Putin

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The 2020 Pulitzer Prize winners were announced Monday, with the New York Times walking away with three awards, the most of any publication. 

The award ceremony is usually held at Columbia University in New York City, but was held this year from the living room of Pulitzer administrator Dana Canedy and live-streamed on YouTube.

The Times won awards in three categories: investigative reporting, commentary and international reporting.

In the Public Service reporting category, the Anchorage Daily News, in collaboration with ProPublica, won “for a riveting series that revealed a third of Alaska’s villages had no police protection, took authorities to task for decades of neglect, and spurred an influx of money and legislative changes,” the organization said.

In the Breaking News Reporting category, the staff of The Courier-Journal in Louisville, Ky., won “for its rapid coverage of hundreds of last-minute pardons by outgoing Kentucky governor” Matt Bevin (R).

The New York Times’ Brian Rosenthal won a Pulitzer in the Investigative Reporting category for his expose on New York City’s taxi industry “that showed how lenders profited from predatory loans that shattered the lines of drivers.”

The Times also captured the International Reporting award for a set of stories “exposing the predations of Vladimir Putin’s regime,” as well as in the Commentary category, with writer Nikole Hannah-Jones winning for her work on the paper’s 1619 Project exploring the history of slavery in the U.S.

In the category of Editorial Cartooning, New Yorker contributor Barry Blitt, contributor won “for work that skewers the personalities and policies emanating from the Trump White House.”

The Pulitzer Prizes began in 1917 as a provision in the will of Joseph Pulitzer, a prominent American editor and publisher at the time.

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