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Malaysian Born Journalist Awarded 2021 Pulitzer Prize For Explanatory Reporting

Malaysian Born Journalist Awarded 2021 Pulitzer Prize For Explanatory Reporting

This was not an overnight success story. It took him over a year.

Azizul Rahman Ismail

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He anticipated the course of the coronavirus pandemic, clarified its dangers, and illuminated the American government’s disastrous failure to curb it, no wonder he won the 2021 Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting.

Meet Ed Yong, a Malaysian born journalist who has been a journalist for the Atlantic since 2015, and his wife, Liz Neeley.

He was awarded with the Pulitzer prize on 12 June

“I count around 300 sources who took time to share their expertise with me during a year when we all had little time to spare. I learned SO MUCH from you all and I’m grateful to you for helping our readers,” wrote Yong in a tweet.

He added that he will be splitting the prize money between everyone who worked on the stories with him last year. “Every editor, copy editor, fact checker, artist, and more. Even when individuals win Pulitzers, their work depends on a community. I want to honor mine”.

Yong’s achievement was a result of his trailblazing work for the past 16 months. Check out this post from The Atlantic for a list of the stories that Youg did.

“He correctly predicted an interconnected set of dangers: breakdowns in international communication, chronic underfunding of public health, shortages of supplies and scientific expertise at the federal level, President Donald Trump’s inadequacies as a leader,” said The Atlantic about Yong.


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