The Oregonian newspaper is among this year’s Pulitzer Prize winners. The organization is being recognized for a series of editorials it published last year on Oregon's Public Employee Retirement System, also known as PERS.
Judges praised the paper's editorial staff for what it described as "lucid editorials that explain the urgent but complex issue of rising pension costs," and for, “engaging readers and driving home the link between necessary solutions and their impact on everyday lives."
Another Oregonian series on the operations of Mexican drug cartels in Oregon and in other parts of the country was a finalist in the explanatory reporting category.
Both series were completed during a time of upheaval at The Oregonian. Last summer dozens of staffers were let go for the purposes of cost-cutting. At the same time, publishers decided to cut home delivery to just four days a week. In recent weeks, the paper abandoned its traditional broadsheet format in favor of a more compact edition bound with staples.
This is the eighth time the Portland-based news organization has won a Pulitzer Prize.
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