The 2009 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 online or both, Ten thousand dollars ($10,000).

Awarded to Ryan Gabrielson and Paul Giblin of the East Valley Tribune, Mesa, Ariz., for their adroit use of limited resources to reveal, in print and online, how a popular sheriff’s focus on immigration enforcement endangered investigation of violent crime and other aspects of public safety.

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Lee C. Bollinger, President of Columbia University (left), presents a 2009 Local Reporting prize to Paul Giblin (center) and Ryan Gabrielson of the East Valley Tribune, Mesa, Ariz.

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Awarded to Detroit Free Press Staff, and notably Jim Schaefer and M.L. Elrick, for their uncovering of a pattern of lies by Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick that included denial of a sexual relationship with his female chief of staff, prompting an investigation of perjury that eventually led to jail terms for the two officials.

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Lee C. Bollinger, President of Columbia University (left), presents a 2009 Local Reporting prize to (l-r) M.L. Elrick, Jim Schaefer and David Zeman of the Detroit Free Press.

Finalists

Also nominated as a finalist in this category was: Brendan McCarthy, Michael DeMocker and Ryan Smith of The Times-Picayune, New Orleans, for their multifaceted examination of a murder case that showed deep understanding of the community, its social ills and the often frustrating path to justice.