Pulitzers and the Post

At PoynterOnline, four of the Washington Post’s 2006 Pultizer-winning reporters discuss how they got their stories.

James Grimaldi, one of the team members whose coverage of the Jack Abramoff scandal won the coveted investigative reporting award, talks about the process by which he connected the dots, using rather ominous-sounding “social-network analysis” software. Fashion critc Robin Givhan lauds her editors for allowing her to write outside of the box (read: snark) and David Finkel speaks of his year-long coverage of democracy in Yemen. But the money quote comes from Jeff Leen, one of the editors of the Abramoff pieces: “Fortune favors the bold. Be very bold in terms of strategy, and very cautious in terms of tactics.”