The Pulitzer Center raises awareness of underreported global issues through direct support for quality journalism across all media platforms and a unique program of education and public outreach. The video below is a quick introduction to our history and mission.
Founded in 2006, we are now the largest single source of money for global enterprise reporting—and the only one incorporating this reporting into comprehensive educational programs that extend the impact of the reporting and allow students and the public to engage directly on the issues. The result is sustained reporting and outreach on topics that range from land rights, climate change, global health, and fragile states to justice and women and children.
We are raising awareness of the interconnected nature of the greatest challenges of our times and pointing to possible solutions. We serve global public-interest journalism in a way few organizations can—by engaging wide audiences on deeply reported topics and inspiring the next generation to value credible news and cross-cultural understanding.
We support nearly 200 reporting projects a year, in partnership with more than 150 news organizations—from The New York Times, PBS NewsHour, and The New Yorker to BuzzFeed News, El País, Tempo, Agência Pública, and BBC—with an increasing focus on regional and local outlets to ensure we are reaching audiences that are truly diverse. We organize 700-plus events a year with K-12 schools, colleges, and the general public, in person as well as virtual. We have deep partnerships with 35-plus colleges and universities, providing on-campus journalist visits and reporting fellowships for students through our Campus Consortium. We award $2 million in support to journalists through direct grants and participation in our educational programming every year.
Projects we supported have won five Pulitzer Prizes, three Peabodys, seven Robert F. Kennedy Awards, 11 Overseas Press Club awards, four George Polk awards, three Sigma Awards for data journalism, and best online reporting honors from the National Press Club, the Society of Professional Journalists, and the National Press Foundation. In 2020 Pulitzer Center-supported projects received more than 50 awards and citations, including Peabody, Emmy, Edward R. Murrow, Scripps Howard, ASME Ellie, Overseas Press Club (OPC), Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE), and Online News Association (ONA) awards.
The Pulitzer Center fills a vital gap in coverage of the issues that matter most. Editors and journalists say that without our support these kinds of stories simply wouldn’t happen. Our mission has never been more urgent: to support accurate, responsible journalism and to do everything we can to engage all people, across the political spectrum and the divides of class, race, and religion.
We support journalists, stories, and workplaces that represent and illuminate diversity and inclusion in all forms.
Funded by foundations and donors like you, we are a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. You can support our mission here.
For an overview of our accomplishments in 2020 please see our 2020 annual report.
The Pulitzer Center is not affiliated with Columbia University's Pulitzer Prizes.