Apr 10, 2017

By Michael Kramer

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A newspaper with a circulation of 3,000 that publishes twice a week – has won the prestigious Pulitzer Prize – for taking on powerful agricultural organizations.
The Storm Lake Times of Iowa and writer Art Cullen won for a series of editorials – that challenged powerful agricultural interests in the state.

Pulitzer Prize Judges said Cullen’s editorials were fueled by “tenacious reporting, impressive expertise and engaging writing.”

Art Cullen owns the newspaper with his brother and says his editorials were about government transparency.

Some counties were sued by the Des Moines Water Works.

 The counties had secretly received money from agriculture groups to fight the lawsuit –  and the newspaper pushed to lift the veil of secrecy on who was paying to fight the lawsuit.

Meanwhile – The New York Times has also won three Pulitzer Prizes – for international reporting, breaking news photography and feature writing.

The Times took the international reporting award for a series of reports on Vladimir Putin’s efforts to project Russia’s power abroad. Daniel Berehulak won for photographs that documented a violent campaign in the Philippines.  And C.J. Chivers won in the feature category – for a magazine article on a veteran of the war in Afghanistan – suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

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