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April 12, 2011


staci d. kramer

Maybe it's because we've been so focused on journalists trying to survive in war zones or dangerous situations. My attention right now is more on the journalists being held in Libya or those who were killed or injured on the job in the Middle East, Africa, Mexico and elsewhere.


To my knowledge, the lion's share of sleuthing on Pulitzers was done by the late and great Deborah Howell of Newhouse. But when she became Ombudsman of The Washington Post she was in a bind and, so far as I know, opted out. I know Joe Strupp picked it up somewhat, but the pioneer in this little game was Deborah. (She did a lot of other great things.)

jerry ceppos

Matt Storin is right. When I became vice president for news of Knight Ridder, Deborah called to say that part of my job was to quiz Knight Ridder jurors and report to her. I, of course, couldn't say no to Deborah, and the system worked flawlessly for years.

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