Bell City Scandal Coverage Earns LA Times a Pulitzer


By Richard Horgan Comment

Over the past few months, the spring 2010 LA Times series of articles on corruption among the ranks of Bell city administrators has continued to land prestigious awards. Today, it added the biggest of them all – a Pulitzer.

The series has earned the 2011 journalism prize for “Public Service.” Another LA Times staffer, photographer Barbara Davidson, was separately honored, following up her recent POYi citation with the Pulitzer for “Feature Photography” in recognition of her work in support of three-part gang violence report “Caught in the Crossfire.”

This year, one of the most notable aspects of the Pulitzer journalism honor roll is a category omission. There is no 2011 winner for “Breaking News Reporting.”

There were three finalists in the category: the Chicago Tribune, for its coverage of the death of two firefighters; the Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald, for their Haiti earthquake dispatches; and Nashville’s Tennessean, for reporting on the city’s devastating spring 2010 floods. Congratulations to all winners and finalists.