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Two-year college finally pays off. Well, not in a degree, but in the highest journalism prize in the land. Last week, Birmingham News reporer Brett Blackledge won the Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting for his exhaustive (and still ongoing) series on corruption in the state’s two-year college system.

He said to Editor and Publisher, “If you look at (the series), it’s still good, but it’s basic daily stuff, and that’s the affirmation to me — that this very regular basic work that so many of us do every day can be honored with an award like this.” The week before, he won a state AP award for the same series.

His reporting career started in New Orleans, then to Jackson, Miss., Tulsa, Okla., Washington and Mobile. The newspaper matched his $10,000 prize with another $10,000. Congratulations on a job well done!

Also, the last Alabamian to win a Pulitzer? Think back to 2002 … Mountain Brook native Diane McWhorter won for her book, “Carry Me Home : Birmingham, Alabama: The Climactic Battle of the Civil Rights Revolution.”
The Birmingham News: News’ Blackledge wins Pulitzer for college corruption series

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