Does anyone know the last time a New Jersey newspaper won a Pulitzer?

I had to ask the question.

I sent the request to the Region 1 Director of the Society of Professional Journalists (because I was on her email list) and got the following response:

Date: Mon 30 Jun 18:50:27 EDT 2008
From: Carolyn James <> Add To Address Book 
Subject: Re: SPJ Region One Director Carolyn James 

I have sent an email on this to my local Jersey people. Hope they can help
you. Carolyn James

On July 5 I sent the same request to Catherine Langley, Communications Manager  of the New Jersey Press Association.  It’s membership is much bigger than the SPJ Region 1 chapter. I got an “out-of-office” reply [she was on vacation].

And here’s more of the question originally asked: Does anyone know when was the last time a New Jersey newspaper won a:

> A Polk?

> A NJ news organization winning – this is a bit of a stretch – a Peabody? This is is not a trick question – sort of. NJ is sandwiched between NYC and Philadelphia. And Newark has no major TV news affiliate or even a local].
> A Dupont?
[emails of others deleted]                 

>> Dear Professor:
>> As the Region One Director for the National Society of Professional
>> Journalists (SPJ), I am reaching out to you as I have your name and email
>> address on my list as the SPJ liaison for your college or university’s SPJ
>> chapter. I would like you to know that I am available to you as a source of
>> information and support for your chapter. Please email or call me at
>> 516-798-5100 to let me know if there is anything I can do to help promote
>> your work. I would love to talk to you.
>> In the event you are not the individual who is responsible for the chapter,
>> please advise me of the correct name and email address or telephone
> number
>> or simply forward this email to them.
>> Have a wonderful summer and I look forward to speaking to you.
>> Carolyn James
>> Region One Director
>> Society of Professional Journalists

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2 Responses to “Does anyone know the last time a New Jersey newspaper won a Pulitzer?”

  1. Gregg Morris says:

    Note: Bernard Stein is a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist who teaches in the Department of Film and Media Studies at Hunter College, City University of New York.

  2. Bernard L. Stein says:

    My friend Richard Aregood won a well-deserved Pulitzer for his editorials in the Newark Star-Leger in 1985. Gil Spencer won the same award for his editorials in the Trentonian in 1971. Bill Caldwell of the Bergen Record won for commentary in 1971.

    More recently, Stephen P. Breen of the Asbury Park Press won for editorial cartooning in 1998; Matt Rainer of the Star-Ledger won for feature photography in 2001 and the Star-Ledger staff won for breaking news in 2005.

    The Star-Ledger was also a finalist for breaking news in 2001. Robin Gaby Fisher of the Star-Ledger was a finalist for feature writing in 2001 and 2005. Borzou Daragahi of the Star-Ledger was a finalist for international reporting in 2005.

    Probably there are others. That’s what a quick search of the Pulitzer site yielded. Not bad for places “sandwiched between NYC and Philadelphia.”