Magazine article American Journalism Review

The New York Times Company

Magazine article American Journalism Review

The New York Times Company

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The New York Times company salutes the winners of the 2003 Pulitzer Prize from The New York Times and The Boston Globe.

CLIFFORD J. LEVY, The New York Times, for Investigative Reporting

It is hard to imagine that 15,000 mentally ill people could live in state-regulated facilities yet be virtually invisible to state officials, that for more than two decades these residents could be subject to such appalling conditions, that nearly 1,000 of them could have died in recent years without anyone asking how or why.

Clifford J. Levy's series of three articles on the subject exposed the shameful and sometimes deadly practices of these adult homes and shook New York State's government into action. Mr. Levy spent a year preparing these sweeping articles, canvassing neighborhoods where the homes were located, interviewing hundreds of workers, residents and family members, uncovering more than 5,000 pages of internal state documents.

The series revealed how adult homes had become "psychiatric flophouses," profiting owners and doctors, ignored by officials. It resulted in the state government's major investigation of adult home operators and lawsuit against them, and in January 2003, Gov. George E. Pataki announced an $80 million plan to overhaul the adult-home system, even in the face of the worst budget crisis in memory.

THE BOSTON GLOBE, for Public Service

On January 6, 2002, The Boston Globe published the first of hundreds of articles about clergy sex abuse in the Catholic Church -- and in the process touched off what is perhaps the biggest scandal in the history of American religion. …

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