Dozens of Columbians Received Pulitzers and Contributed to Prize-Winning Works

June 14, 2021

Many Columbia alumni and professors received the prestigious Pulitzer Prize for their work spanning various forms of journalistic reporting, as well as feature writing, audio reporting, and more. The announcement was made on June 11 online.

Read the full list below and learn more about this year's winners across all categories. Congratulations to all!


Winners | Journalism:

PUBLIC SERVICE: The New York Times

Video: ‘People Are Dying’: 72 Hours Inside an N.Y.C. Hospital Battling Coronavirus (March 25, 2020), co-created by Caroline Kim '96BC, SOA

The Daily: The Coronavirus Goes Global (February 27, 2020), co-produced by Stella Tan '11CC

Database: Coronavirus in the U.S.: Latest Map and Case Count (March 27, 2020). Columbians mentioned in the credits: Sarah Almukhtar '14GSAPP, Keith Collins '13JRN, Adeel Hassan '02JRN, Alex Lemonides '20JRN, Anjali Singhvi '16GSAPP, Timothy Williams 2019 Columbia Journalism School Certificate in Publishing, Karen Yourish '98JRN, Zak Cassel '20JRN, Melissa Eddy '96JRN, Bianca Fortis '20JRN, Columbia Journalism School Assistant Adjunct Professor Robert Gebeloff, Natasha Rodriguez '18JRN, Kai Schultz '14CC, Sarena Snider '20JRN, Lisa Waananen Jones '10JRN, Amy Schoenfeld Walker '06GSAS, '06JRN, Columbia Journalism School Adjunct Professor Jeremy WhiteIsaac White '14CC, Columbia Journalism School Adjunct Professor James G. Robinson, Nikhil Baradwaj '17CC, '19SEASAriana Giorgi '15SEAS, '15JRN, Jason Kao '22SEAS

Database: Nearly One-Third of U.S. Coronavirus Deaths Are Linked to Nursing Homes (June 27, 2020). Columbians mentioned in the credits: Columbia Journalism School Adjunct Professor Danielle Ivory, Karen Yourish '98JRN, Adeel Hassan '02JRN, Alex Lemonides '20JRNZak Cassel '20JRN, Bianca Fortis '20JRNSarena Snider '20JRNNatasha Rodriguez '18JRN

Database: Tracking the Coronavirus at U.S. Colleges and Universities (August 26, 2020). Columbians mentioned in the credits: Columbia Journalism School Adjunct Professor Danielle IvoryAdeel Hassan '02JRN, Alex Lemonides '20JRNBianca Fortis '20JRNNatasha Rodriguez '18JRNSarena Snider '20JRN

Interactive: The Fullest Look Yet at the Racial Inequity of Coronavirus (July 5, 2020), co-created by Columbia Journalism School Professor Robert Gebeloff

How the World Missed Covid-19's Silent Spread (June 27, 2020), co-written by Selam Gebrekidan '10JRN

BREAKING NEWS REPORTING: Staff of the Star Tribune, Minneapolis, Minn.

Twin Cities businesses reel from the nights of violence while on guard for more (May 30, 2020), co-written by Kavita Kumar '04, '19JRN

EXPLANATORY REPORTING: Andrea Januta '17JRN of Reuters

Supreme Defense (May 8, 2020)

Wrong Place, Wrong Time (August 25, 2020)

Dueling Rights (November 20, 2020)

Color of Suspicion (December 23, 2020)

LOCAL REPORTINGKathleen McGrory '06JRN of theTampa Bay Times

Targeted (September 3, 2020)

How a Florida Sheriff harasses families: Watch the body-cam video (September 3, 2020)

Pasco’s sheriff uses grades and abuse histories to label schoolchildren potential criminals. The kids and their parents don’t know. (November 19, 2020)

The man behind the machine (December 24, 2020)

FEATURE WRITING: Columbia School of the Arts Professor Mitchell S. Jackson, freelance contributor, Runner’s World and Nadja Drost '08JRN, freelance contributor, The California Sunday Magazine

Twelve Minutes and a Life (June 18, 2020)

“When can we really rest?” (April 2, 2020)

AUDIO REPORTING: Robert Little '88JRN of National Public Radio

No Compromise (Episodes 1-6) (September 8, 2020)


Winners | Books, Drama, & Music 

DRAMAThe Hot Wing King by Katori Hall '03CC

The Hot Wing King


Photo credits: The New York Times, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Tampa Bay Times, John Ricard, Pulitzer Center, NPR