There have been plenty of cases where a journalist has won a Pulitzer Prize for work with an outlet that they are no longer professionally associated with. But rarely, if ever, does it all become official on the same spring Monday.
That was the case yesterday for Sarah Ryley, whose reporting for the New York Daily News in partnership with non-profit ProPublica won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. And on that same day, she began the next chapter of her career with another non-profit news website, The Trace, which put out their announcement with some extra headline and lede gloss:
The Trace is pleased to announce that award-winning investigative reporter Sarah Ryley has joined the non-profit news site’s growing investigative team as a staff writer. Ryley started at The Trace on April 10–the same day she was honored with the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.
“I’m thrilled to be joining The Trace to delve into such a critical issue with such a fantastic team of journalists,” Ryley said. “I can’t wait to get started.”
Prior to her five years with the New York Daily News, Ryley worked at The Daily and as a beat reporter for the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. She joins a staff led by editorial director James Burnett and deputy editor Ben Hallman. The Trace was launched in June 2015.