Reporters from the Star Tribune in Minneapolis and The Post and Courier in Charleston, South Carolina, were named finalists in this year’s Pulitzer Prizes.
At The Post and Courier, Deanna Pan and Jennifer Berry Hawes were named finalists in the feature writing category. The Pulitzer panel of judges said the recognition was “for a deeply moving examination of racial injustice in South Carolina that led to the execution of a 14-year-old black boy wrongfully convicted of killing two white girls, and that ultimately exonerated him seven decades after his death.”
At the Star Tribune, journalists Brandon Stahl, Jennifer Bjorhus, MaryJo Webster and Renée Jones Schneider were finalists in the local reporting category.
The Pulitzer panel recognized their work “for an illuminating and disturbing series that exposed breakdowns in Minnesota’s investigation and prosecution of rape cases, and how such ineptitude fails victims of sexual assault.”