The Baltimore Sun is honored to be recognized with the following national and regional journalism awards:
The Baltimore Sun staff won the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Local Reporting "For illuminating, impactful reporting on a lucrative, undisclosed financial relationship between the city’s mayor and the public hospital system she helped to oversee."
The Baltimore Sun staff won the first place National Headliner Award for investigative reporting in newspapers not in a top 20 media market for its investigative reporting into former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh and the controversy surrounding her “Healthy Holly” children’s books.
The George Polk Award for political reporting recognizes reporter Luke Broadwater and the staff of The Sun for their coverage of the "Healthy Holly" book scheme that led to Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh’s resignation from office and federal charges against her. The Sun shares the award with Chance Swaim, Jonathan Shorman and Dion Lefler of The Wichita Eagle, whose reporting also led to a mayor’s ouster.
The Capital Gazette and The Baltimore Sun won the breaking news award from The National Press Club for their “courageous coverage” of the shooting at the Annapolis paper in June 2018 that killed Gerald Fischman, Rob Hiaasen, John McNamara, Rebecca Smith and Wendi Winters.
The Capital Gazette and Baltimore Sun jointly won the Society of Professional Journalists' 2018 Sigma Delta Chi Award for Deadline Reporting among publications with a daily circulation of more than 100,000 for their staffs’ coverage of the June 2018 shooting that killed five Capital Gazette employees. The Capital Gazette also won for Editorial Writing for editorials documenting the psyche of the newsroom after the attack.
In the inaugural News Leaders Association Awards, the staff of the Capital Gazette and The Baltimore Sun jointly won the Al Neuharth Breaking News Reporting Award for their coverage of the attack on the Capital Gazette newsroom that killed Gerald Fischman, Rob Hiaasen, John McNamara, Rebecca Smith and Wendi Winters.
Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association, News Organization of the Year, James S. Keat Freedom of Information Award and others; National Headliner Awards, education writing, first place; National Association of Black Journalists, Salute to Excellence Award, news series
Society for Features Journalism, six Excellence-in-Features awards, including a second-place tie for the Finest in Features Sweepstakes Awards and first place in Integrated Storytelling for interactive project "Fitness Heroes"