TWO HAVERFORD ALUMNI AMONG THIS YEAR’S PULITZER WINNERS
Two Haverford alumni are among this year’s
Pulitzer Prize winners: Michael Paulson’86 who was part
of the Boston Globe’s investigative team that
uncovered the Catholic priest sexual abuse scandal, and David
Wessel of The Wall Street Journal, who was part of
a group of reporters at The Journal which published
a year-long series on the business scandals. The Globe’s
team won the Pulitzer for public service journalism and The
Journal, for explanatory reporting. This was the second Pulitzer
for Wessel, who also shared in the Prize with reporters at the
Boston Globe where he had worked several years earlier.
Paulson joined the Globe
in January 2000 after seven years at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, where he worked as city hall reporter,
state house bureau chief in
Olympia, and as a correspondent in Washington, D.C. Before that
he worked as a political reporter for the San AntonioLight in Texas and as a general assignment reporter
at the Patriot Ledger in Quincy, Mass.
Since January 2002, he has spent
much of his time as part of the Globe's eight-reporter
team covering clergy sexual abuse. The team has published more
than 900 stories and has written a book, Betrayal: The Crisis
in the Catholic Church, which was published in hardcover
in June 2002 and in paperback in March 2003.
In addition to receiving the Pulitzer
this year, Paulson and his colleagues have been honored for
their work with the Associated Press Managing Editors' Freedom
Information Award, the Goldsmith Prize for investigative reporting,
the George Polk Award for national reporting, the Selden Ring
Award for investigative reporting, the Taylor Family Award for
fairness in newspapers, the Worth Bingham Award for investigative
reporting, and The New York Times Company's Punch Sulzberger
Award. The group has also won a media award from the Massachusetts
Association for the Treatment of Sex Abusers and the Spirit
Award for Media Responsibility from Jane Doe Inc., a Massachusetts
coalition against sexual assault and domestic violence.
David Wessel’75 has been with The Wall Street Journal
since 1984, first in the Boston bureau and then the Washington
bureau, where he was chief economics correspondent until his
Journal assignment in Germany in 1999.
Wessel also has worked for the Boston
Globe, where he shared a Pulitzer Prize for a series
of stories on the persistence of racism in Boston, and at the
Hartford (Conn.) Courant and Middletown (Conn.) Press.
He is the co-author, with fellow
Wall Street Journal reporter Bob Davis, of Prosperity:
The Coming 20-Year Boom and What It Means to You, published
in 1998, which argued that the next 20 years will be better
for the American middle class than the previous 20 years.
A frequent contributor to CNBC,
Wessel writes The Journal’s “Capital”
column, a weekly look at the economy and the forces shaping
living standards around the world.