Two VPA members win Pulitzers, one named as finalist
Two Virginia Press Association members received Pulitzer Prizes this week and a third was named as a finalist.
The Daily Progress won in the Breaking News Photography category for Ryan Kelly’s haunting photo of a car running through a crowd of counter protesters during the August 12 Unite the Right Rally in Charlottesville.
On Kelly’s photo, judges awarded him: “For a chilling image that reflected the photographer’s reflexes and concentration in capturing the moment of impact of a car attack during a racially charged protest in Charlottesville, Va.”
The Daily Progress was the first Pulitzer awarded to a VPA member (not in the District of Columbia) since 2010 when the Bristol Herald Courier won in the Public Service category.
The Washington Post won in the Investigative Reporting category for their coverage that broke the story on Roy Moore’s sexual misconduct with teenagers.
Judges awarded the Post: “For purposeful and relentless reporting that changed the course of a Senate race in Alabama by revealing a candidate’s alleged past sexual harassment of teenage girls and subsequent efforts to undermine the journalism that exposed it.”
The Post also won in the National Reporting category for: “For deeply sourced, relentlessly reported coverage in the public interest that dramatically furthered the nation’s understanding of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and its connections to the Trump campaign, the President-elect’s transition team and his eventual administration.”
The Virginian-Pilot was a finalist in theInvestigative Reporting category for Tim Eberly’s series that examined holes in Virginia’s criminal justice system.
Pulitzer judges awarded Eberly as a finalist: “For compelling reporting that resulted in changes to Virginia’s parole board system, which operated for decades behind closed doors, designating first-time convicts as repeat offenders under the state’s three-strikes law and condemning them to longer sentences than some murderers, with no hope of parole.”
Eberly was named Outstanding Journalist of the Year for 2017 at VPA’s annual awards banquet last weekend.
Longtime Daily Press photographer retires
Joe Fudge, a 46-year employee of the Daily Press, retired from the paper this week.
Fudge, who worked as a photographer at the Daily Press, won awards from the Virginia Press Association, National Press Photographers Association, National Headliners, Virginia Press Association and the Virginia News Photographers Association over the course of his career.