Tampa Bay Times editorial board, ex-SPTimes staffer Jeffrey Gettleman highlighted in 2012 Pulitzer Prizes
It took the Pulitzer Prize board seven years to realize it, but the nation's most prestigious print journalism awards contest finally named the Tampa Bay Times editorial board as finalists for an Editorial Writing award this year, long after my departure from that august institution in 2006.
Unfortunately, the award comes with a bit of a sting, as the Pulitzer jurors decided not to give an award in that category, creating one of the biggest backhanded compliments in journalism.
The Times' nominees included Editor of Editorials Tim Nickens, Deputy Editor of Editorials Joni James, columnist Robin Blumner and columnist John Hill. Other nominees were from Bloomberg News and the Burlington (Vt.) Free Press. (It is my completely unbiased opinion that my former colleagues on the Times Editorial Board should have won).
A winner with connections to the Tampa Bay Times is New York Times reporter Jeffrey Gettleman, who won the international reporting award for his amazing work documenting famine and conflict in East Africa. I remember when Jeffrey was a talented reporter tackling news stories in Tampa; it is amazing to see how far his abilities have taken him.
Check out his recent appearance on NPR's Fresh Air by clicking here:
Other interesting notes:
POLITICO and the Huffington Post won their first awards, for editorial cartooning and national reporting (challenges of wounded soldier from Iraq and Afghanistan).
Sara Ganim and members of the Patriot-News staff in Harrisburg, Pa. won for breaking and covering the heck out of sexual abuse charges against former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky.
Wesley Morris of the Boston Globe became the first black movie critic to win a Pulitzer, topping the criticism category.
The late author Manning Marable's controversial book on Malcolm X, Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention, won in the history category.
See all the awards with explanations by clicking here.