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For 'East Valley Tribune,' Local-Reporting Pulitzer a Sweet Victory

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

For 'East Valley Tribune,' Local-Reporting Pulitzer a Sweet Victory

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For all the woes suffered at the East Valley Tribune in Mesa, Ariz. -- a drastic cut in positions, cuts in frequency -- the paper's Pulitzer win for local reporting means all the more to its staffers.

The Pulitzer committee cited reporters Ryan Gabrielson and Paul Giblin for "their adroit use of limited resources to reveal in print and online, how a popular sheriff's focus on immigration enforcement endangered investigation of violent crime and other aspects of public safety."

But only half the team was present in the newsroom when the winning prizes were announced this afternoon. Giblin had been cut in round of January layoffs that swept half the newsroom. So was the assignment editor on the stories, Patti Epler.

"Considering what we have gone through, this is just sweet," said Gabrielson.

Gabrielson, 28, found out about his win moments after the results were posted. He wasn't aware that he was a finalist, and had to grab his editors to let them know. "It was more sound than words," Gabrielson said when he broke the news. "It was jubilation and real excitement. …

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