The 1996 Pulitzer Prize Winners

Public Service

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For a distinguished example of meritorious public service by a newspaper through the use of its journalistic resources, which may include editorials, cartoons, and photographs, as well as reporting, a gold medal.

Awarded to The News & Observer, Raleigh, NC, for the work of Melanie Sill, Pat Stith and Joby Warrick on the environmental and health risks of waste disposal systems used in North Carolina's growing hog industry.

Melanie Sill, Pat Stith and Joby Warrick accept the 1996 Pulitzer Prize in Public Service.


Also nominated as finalists in this category were: Star Tribune, Minneapolis-St. Paul, for articles revealing questionable favors extended by a local legal publishing company to members of the federal judiciary, including several Supreme Court justices, and The Baltimore Sun for the work of Ginger Thompson and Gary Cohn that disclosed the activities of a Honduran army unit that abducted, tortured and murdered political suspects in the 1980s with the knowledge of the CIA.