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Mon April 16, 2012
Tuscaloosa News Wins Pulitzer Prize
Tuscaloosa, AL – The Tuscaloosa News has won the Pulitzer Prize for breaking news reporting for its coverage of a deadly tornado last April.
The Pulitzer judges announced the selection Monday afternoon.
The newspaper's former executive editor, Doug Ray, said the storms knocked out power for more than 48 hours. But the newspaper had enough generator power to run its computers and used social media to get out real-time updates and help make sense of what was happening in the city. The newspapers' print editions were done in Birmingham for two days.
Ray said several staff members had damage to their homes and one reporter, Jamon Smith, lost his apartment. Ray said Smith kept working in the only clothes he had left.
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