Press: Westward Ho

Sharing the Pulitzers

Publisher Joseph Pulitzer began his career west of the Mississippi, at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, but for years there have been grumblings about an Eastern bias in the coveted awards he endowed. In 1980 the Los Angeles Times made that claim at length in a report by its press writer David Shaw. Indeed, from 1972 through 1981, papers west of the Mississippi won only 17 of 112 Pulitzer Prizes.

This year was different. Western papers won five of the twelve journalism awards announced last week, including those for local, national and investigative reporting, editorial cartooning and criticism, the last given...

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