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Church scandal nets award for Boston newspaper

The Boston Globe won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for journalism in public service on Monday for "courageous, comprehensive coverage" of the clergy sex abuse scandal that led to sweeping changes in the US Catholic church.

In awarding the prize, the Pulitzer board cited the paper's "courageous, comprehensive coverage of sexual abuse by priests, an effort that pierced secrecy, stirred local national and international reaction and produced changes in the Roman Catholic Church."

"You made history this past year. And you made the world a better and safer, and more humane place," Globe Editor Martin Baron told a packed newsroom.

"Reporters and editors who worked on this story were motivated by a passion to get at the truth," he said. "They overcame every obstacle with patience, ingenuity and endless drive."


A Prized Moment for the Globe, and the Pulitzers
Globe's articles on priests spurred scrutiny worldwide (Boston Globe)
Pulitzer Prize Board Announces Journalism Awards (Voice of America)
The Pulitzer Prizes

9 Apr 2003