Ganim’s Penn State Stories, AP Reports on Muslims, NYPD Win Pulitzers


Crime reporter Sara Ganim and colleagues from the Harrisburg Patriot-News today were awarded the Pulitzer Prize for local reporting “for courageously revealing and adeptly covering the explosive Penn State sex scandal involving former football coach Jerry Sandusky.” Two Pulitzers were awarded for investigative reporting, both in the criminal justice field. Matt Apuzzo, Adam Goldman, Eileen Sullivan, and Chris Hawley of the Associated Press won for reporting on the New York Police Department's clandestine spying program that monitored daily life in Muslim communities, resulting in congressional calls for a federal investigation, and a debate over the proper role of domestic intelligence gathering. Michael Berens and Ken Armstrong of the Seattle Times won for an investigation of “how a little known governmental body in Washington State moved vulnerable patients from safer pain-control medication to methadone, a cheaper but more dangerous drug, coverage that prompted statewide health warnings.”

The Philadelphia Inquirer won the public service Pulitzer “for its exploration of pervasive violence in the city's schools, using powerful print narratives and videos to illuminate crimes committed by children against children and to stir reforms to improve safety for teachers and students.” A finalist for the same prize was the New York Times, for reporting by Danny Hakim and Russ Buettner “that revealed rapes, beatings and more than 1,200 unexplained deaths over the past decade of developmentally disabled people in New York State group homes.” The Pulitzer in feature writing was awarded to Eli Sanders of The Stranger, a Seattle weekly, for what the jurors called “his haunting story of a woman who survived a brutal attack that took the life of her partner, using the woman's brave courtroom testimony and the details of the crime to construct a moving narrative.”

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