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Co-Editor of Pulitzer Winning Efforts Now Part of Expanded OC Register News Section

As A1 page editor for the Seattle Times, David Birdwell (pictured) had a hand in two separate recent Pulitzer Prize-winning efforts. The first, honored in the Breaking News category in 2010, involved the paper’s coverage of the shooting deaths of four Lakewood, WA police officers. The second series, cited in 2012 for Investigative Reporting, recognized the work of reporters Michael J. Berens and Ken Armstrong in exposing corruption associated with the prescription of methadone at state-subsidized health care facilities.

This all bodes extremely well for the second, additional page of the Orange County Register’s “Focus” news section launching next Monday (the first was added to the paper last fall). Wire editor Birdwell will work closely with visual specialist Charles Apple to creatively frame the burning issue(s) of the day. From this week’s announcement:

Birdwell will contribute story ideas and some of the state, national and international wire packages for this second Focus page. Graphics editor Cindy O’Dell and team leader Gene Harbrecht will be part of the collaborative process that will result in thoughtful, visually compelling pages.

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The 2012 Pulitzer Prizes Winners Announced

The 2012 Pulitzer Prizes in journalism have been unveiled. Below is a list of the winners. Congrats to all.

Public Service: The Philadelphia Inquirer

Breaking News Reporting: The Tuscaloosa News staffers

Investigative Reporting: Matt Apuzzo, Adam Goldman, Eileen Sullivan and Chris Hawley, The Associated Press. Michael J. Berens and Ken Armstrong, The Seattle Times

Explanatory Reporting: David Kocieniewski, The New York Times

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LAT’s Ken Bensinger and Ralph Vartabedian Are Finalists for Michael Kelly Award for Toyota Scoop

LAT’s Ken Bensinger and Ralph Vartabedian were browbeaten by Toyota’s PR machine (also equipped with faulty breaks) while investigating the large number of accidents in certain models. Eventually the story became unstoppable and it was followed by a huge recall. But the life-saving fixes started with the investigative chops of Bensinger and Vartabedian.

Anyway, they are nominated for the the Michael Kelly award. We predict its the first of many. Congrats!

Release in full:

ATLANTIC MEDIA ANNOUNCES FINALISTS FOR

2010 MICHAEL KELLY AWARD

Los Angeles Times, ProPublica and New York Times Writers Lauded for Pursuit of Truth in Journalism

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Columbia, Brokaw Honor Seattle Times Investigative Reporter Armstrong With John Chancellor Award

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Ken Armstrong accepts the John Chancellor Award

“The only way I can get into Columbia is to be asked to speak,” joked NBC News correspondent Tom Brokaw as he kicked off the ceremony for the John Chancellor Award for Excellence in Journalism at Columbia’s Low Library last night.

Brokaw spoke about the award’s namesake, his former colleague John Chancellor, as well as the night’s award recipient, Ken Armstrong, an investigative journalist at The Seattle Times.

Columbia Journalism School Dean Nicholas Lemann also introduced a number of people who had worked with Armstrong over the years, including Seattle Times executive editor David Boardman and the publisher of Armstrong’s college paper, Pat Kuhnle. They all spoke highly of Armstrong, about his important investigative works including a series on the death penalty in Illinois while he was working for The Chicago Tribune.

“I am truly flattered,” Armstrong said, upon accepting the award. “The work I do isn’t always dramatic.”

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Tom Brokaw