Pulitzer Prize-winning reporting from African countries by leading American journalists is a latecomer within the award category for international coverage.
It took almost close to two decades after the establishment of the awards that reporting about the Italian-Ethiopian crisis was declared prize-worthy by the Pulitzer Prize jurors. During World War II prizes were given for the coverage of the North African battlefields. Since the 1960s inner-African conflicts like unrests in the Congo impressed the jurors as well as the Apartheid system in South Africa.
Heinz-Dietrich Fischer, Ed.D., PhD., is professor emeritus at the Ruhr University of Bochum, Germany.