NEW YORK (AP) – The Pulitzer Prize Board will postpone the announcement of this year’s winners because several board members are busy covering the global coronavirus outbreak, the organization announced Tuesday.
The announcement of the Pulitzer winners in journalism and art will be postponed from April 20 to May 4, the council said.
The Pulitzer Prize Administrator, Dana Canedy, said the council included many journalists who were at the forefront of reporting the coronavirus pandemic. “When they focus on this important mission, this delay will provide additional time to thoroughly evaluate the Pulitzer 2020 finalists,” Canedy said.
He added, “More than ever, this moment highlights the mission of journalism to provide vital public services. It also shows the literary and artistic ability to transport and uplift the human spirit during difficult times. The Pulitzer Prize will continue its mandate for more than a century to celebrate such excellence. ”
The annual award lunch, which is traditionally held at Columbia University in May, will be postponed too. Details of the fall acceptance for winners will be announced at a later date.
The Pulitzer Prize in journalism was first awarded in 1917 and is considered the most prestigious honor in the US.
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