Mar 2, 2006

Toledo Blade Among Top Picks For Pulitzer

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(Toledo, OH) The Pulitzer prognostication has begun over at Editor and Publisher, and the Toledo Blade is among the newspapers considered frontrunners in the Investigative category.

From Editor and Publisher:

"Everybody is talking about 'Coingate,'" said one editor who has served on two previous juries and will serve again this year, but requested anonymity. "People who are hooked in to IRE (Investigative Reporters and Editors) think it was extremely well done and not predictable."

The other top competitor for the prize is the Washington Post for its coverage of the Jack Abramoff scandal.

"That is the big story," said another editor. "'Coingate' had profound results, but most of the major findings were made by state investigators."

Kudos to the Blade, whose work on the Coingate series was indeed exemplary.

Also generating Pulitzer buzz in the Explanatory category is the Cleveland Plain Dealer, whose multi-part examination of the energy crisis entitled "Crude Awakening" used 13 reporters, plus numerous editors and photographers; the series has garnered a National Press Foundation prize.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

It was a good series. Toledo should be proud!

Anonymous said...

I am a frequent Blade critic, but there is no doubt that the whole Noe story was an incredible piece of journalism.

Steve Eder, Christopher Kirkpatrick, Mike Wilkinson, and the others are to be congratulated for an absolutely brilliant piece of investigative journalism.

MeMyselfandI

historymike said...

Agreed, all. Whether or not you agree with the Blade's editorials, there are some excellent investigative journalists over there.

Hooda Thunkit said...

It was a good series, however...

As for the cough, cough, blade in general, I would like to think of it as a contender for a Putzlitzer...

And yes, I know that my bias is showing ;-)

liberal_dem said...

Blade-bashers surely hate this one.

Anonymous said...

What funny is this is all due to an angry wife. A whole new meaning to Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.

historymike said...

Ha!

Yes, the theory goes that if Bernadette Noe and Joe Kidd hadn't had a falling out, Coingate might not have broken.

The bad blood between Bernie and Joe, I am told by quite a few sources, hinged on two factors: Bernadette supposedly ratted on Joe to Tracy Kidd (his now-ex) about his alleged infidelity, and there was supposedly some anger about the deal with Diebold over the voting machines.

(depending on the version you hear, Bernadette thought Joe was screwing up her deal with Diebold, or Joe actually was getting his own piece of the action)

Anonymous said...

Actually I was told by a very good friend high in local govt' that it was Bernadette's idea to go after Joe after Tracy complained to her about the infidelity. Joe played tit for tat and "leaked" the coingate story to the blade.(Sorry could not pass up the sophmoric 8th grade pun)

-Sepp said...

The blade is lucky to have the talent it does still manage to have kept. My bet is that they will use this as a springboard to get jobs at a reputable paper. I'll bet Bernie Noe wishes she'd have minded her own damned business. Funny how scandals can remain a secret or not and all hinge on some midlife crisis burdoned idiot's zipper. Seems all parties involved are getting exactly what they have comming to them.