The Pulitzer Prize Board awarded a “special citation” on Friday to the teenager whose video of the murder of George Floyd by a white police officer sparked worldwide protests against racial injustice.
Eighteen-year-old Darnella Frazier was honored as New York’s Columbia University announced the 2021 prestigious journalism awards in a virtual ceremony.
Frazier was also among the witnesses who testified at the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who was convicted in April of Floyd’s May 25, 2020 murder.
The staff of the Star Tribune of Minneapolis was awarded the Pulitzer in the breaking news category for its coverage of Floyd’s death and its repercussions.
Online outlet BuzzFeed won its first Pulitzer — in the international reporting category — for coverage of prison camps built by China for mass detention of Muslims.
Reuters was honored in the same category for an examination of the legal doctrine of qualified immunity and how it is used to shield police from prosecution.
“The Night Watchman” by Louise Erdrich was awarded the prize for fiction while “Wilmington’s Lie: The Murderous Coup of 1898 and the Rise of White Supremacy” by David Zucchino was honored for non-fiction.
“Postcolonial Love Poem” by Natalie Diaz was the winner in the poetry category; “The Hot Wing King” by Katori Hall won the drama prize, and “Stride” by Tania Leon won for music.