Joanna Bean started at the Colorado Springs Gazette-Telegraph in 1990, the year the paper was awarded the first of its two Pulitzer Prizes. These days, she works as the assistant director of communications and media relations at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (UCCS)where, tomorrow night, a special event will honor the paper’s pair of award-winning efforts.
The June 16 evening discussion is the latest in this year’s nationwide series of events marking the 100th anniversary of the Pulitzer Prize. From a Gazette write-up:
“I remember being this wide-eyed, brand-new reporter completely overwhelmed by what was happening in the newsroom the day he [Dave Curtin] won,” said Bean, who went on to play a formative editing role in The Gazette’s second Pulitzer-winning project almost a quarter-century later.
To produce “Other Than Honorable,” the 2014 prize-winner for national reporting, reporter Dave Philipps and photographer Michael Ciaglo spent months chronicling the struggles of wounded combat veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury and how the Army systematically failed them.
In 2014, The Gazette was the smallest-circulation newspaper awarded a Pulitzer. The daily publication abbreviated its name from The Gazette-Telegraph in 1997. The aforementioned winning efforts can be viewed here and here.
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