The 2008 Pulitzer Prize Winners

Local Reporting

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For a distinguished example of reporting on significant issues of local concern, demonstrating originality and community expertise, in print or in print and online, Ten thousand dollars ($10,000).

Awarded to David Umhoefer of Milwaukee Journal Sentinel for his stories on the skirting of tax laws to pad pensions of county employees, prompting change and possible prosecution of key figures.


Richard Oppel, Pulitzer Board co-chair (left), presents the 2008 Pulitzer Prize in Local Reporting to Dave Umhoefer of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.


Also nominated as finalists in this category were: Chris Davis, Matthew Doig and Tiffany Lankes of the Sarasota (Fla.) Herald Tribune for their dogged exposure, in print and online, of predatory teachers and the system that protects them, stirring state and national action, and Jeff Pillets, John Brennan and Tim Nostrand of The Record, Bergen County, N.J., for their probe of how plans to build a luxury community atop old landfills became entangled in questionable state loans and other allegations of favoritism.