Press: Little Paper, Big Prize

A small newspaper likes nothing better than a national story in its own backyard. Last week at the Point Reyes (Calif.) Light (circ. 2,700), the paper's own backyard was a national story. The Light was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for its investigative articles about the activities of Synanon, the controversial drug-rehabilitation group with headquarters six miles away. Out-of-town journalists quickly descended on the paper's storefront office in Point Reyes Station (pop. 420) to interview the Light's owners, Cathy, 34, and David Mitchell, 35. Armed with Stanford journalism degrees and experience on small papers elsewhere, the Mitchells bought the Light four years...

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