During an online, at-home video, the Pulitzer administrator, Dana Canedy, referred to the "deeply trying times" in which these prizes are being announced but how journalism remains as important as ever and how the arts continue to "sustain, unite and inspire".
The New York Times won the investigative reporting prize for an expose of predatory lending in the New York City taxi industry and also took the worldwide reporting award for what the judges called "enthralling stories, reported at great risk", about Russian President Vladimir Putin's government.
The legendary publication also won in the commentary category, for an essay by journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones in the 1619 Project, a wide-ranging examination of slavery from the Americas founding to this day.
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 Washington Post's work on global warming was recognized for explanatory reporting.
The Pulitzer Prize Board at Columbia University earlier announced that the New York Times had emerged as the big victor in this year's competition with three wins, swelling the newspaper's total to 130 Pulitzers in more than a century since the award was first established.
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The prize for breaking news reporting was given to the staff of the Courier-Journal in Louisville for "rapid coverage of hundreds of last-minute pardons by Kentucky's governor" while the victor for investigative reporting was Brian M Rosenthal from the New York Times for an exposé of New York City's taxi industry.
The local reporting award went to The Baltimore Sun for shedding light on a previously undisclosed financial relationship between the mayor and the public hospital system, which she helped oversee.
"Snaking around roadblocks, sometimes taking cover in strangers' homes and hiding cameras in vegetable bags.then headed to an airport to persuade travellers to carry the photo files out with them and get them to the AP's office in New Delhi", the news agency described the impediment of reporting during these crucial times in a statement.
Reuters won the breaking news photography award for pictures of the Hong Kong protests.
The delay was meant to give the Pulitzer Board members more time for their evaluations, as many were caught up reporting on the coronavirus pandemic.
The Pulitzer board revealed that the recipient of the recipient of its special citation would be the late Ida B. Wells.