The 2010 Pulitzer Prize Winners

Public Service

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For a distinguished example of meritorious public service by a newspaper or news site through the use of its journalistic resources which, as well as reporting, may include editorials, cartoons, photographs, graphics, video and other online material, presented in print or online or both, a gold medal.

Awarded to the Bristol (VA) Herald Courier for the work of Daniel Gilbert in illuminating the murky mismanagement of natural-gas royalties owed to thousands of land owners in southwest Virginia, spurring remedial action by state lawmakers.



Lee C. Bollinger, President of Columbia University (left), presents the 2010 Public Service prize to (l-r) J. Todd Foster, Daniel Gilbert and Carl Esposito of the Bristol Herald Courier.

Finalists

Also nominated as finalists in this category were: the Asbury Park Press for its exhaustive examination of how an archaic property tax system harms New Jersey’s economy and ordinary families, using stories and interactive databases to spark pledges of statewide reform; and Los Angeles Times and ProPublica, a joint entry, for their exposure of gaps in California’s oversight of dangerous and incompetent nurses, blending investigative scrutiny and multimedia storytelling to produce corrective changes.