North Carolina's Press and the Pulitzer Prize: Celebrating a Legacy of Meritorious Public Service

Monday, February 20, 2017 -
5:00pm to 6:30pm

Gerrard Hall

Video recording

Coming soon

About the event

The MJ-school will mark the 100th anniversary of the Pulitzer Prizes with a public event highlighting the six North Carolina newspapers that have won the prestigious Pulitzer Prize for meritorious public service. Representatives of each newspaper will talk about the reporting work that went into the story and what winning the prize meant for the paper.

The event will be held Monday, Feb. 20, from 5-6:30 p.m. in Gerrard Hall.

This event will not be live streamed.


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Tabor City Tribune / Whiteville News Reporter

Rusty Carter and Les High will represent the Tabor City Tribune and the Whiteville News Reporter that won the prize in 1953 for investigating the actions of, and standing up to, the KKK.

Winston-Salem Journal

John Railey will represent the Winston-Salem Journal that won in 1971 for fighting strip mining plans that would have caused irreparable damage to northwest NC.

Charlotte Observer

Rick Thames will represent the Charlotte Observer that won in 1981 for investigating health problems caused by cotton dust in the textile industry and in 1988 for uncovering misuse of public funds by the PTL television network.

Washington Daily News

Betty Mitchell Gray will represent the Washington Daily News that won in 1990 for uncovering that local politicians were hiding that the town’s water supplu was contaminated with carcinogens.

News & Observer

Pat Stith will represent the News & Observer  that won in 1996 for exposing the health risks of how waste from the NC hog industry was disposed of.

Campfires Initiative

The Pulitzer Prize Centennial was marked in 2016 with the 100th awarding of the prizes. We're celebrating by telling stories on the prize winners, finalists and their work, and by partnering with individuals and organizations to host events across the country. The Pulitzer Prize Centennial Campfires Initiative is a joint venture with the Federation of State Humanities Council. The initiative seeks to focus on journalism and the humanities, to imagine their future and to inspire new generations to consider the values represented by Pulitzer Prize-winning work.

For more information

For more information, please contact Global, Immersive and Professional Programs Assistant Liana Pinner.