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“The real inside story of the most serious journalism of the last century
and a brilliant portrait of America.” —Bob Woodward

A Century of Public Service Journalism


Some Looks Inside Pulitzer’s Gold:

The Pulitzer Prize Website Posts Two Chapters
Pulitzer’s Gold on the Pentagon Papers


Pulitzer’s Gold’s First Chapter, in Two Segments
Segment 1 and Segment 2

Roy Harris at the Poynter Institute

Roy Harris regularly contributes to the website of The Poynter Institute, the journalism think tank in St. Petersburg, Fla. To help familiarize the media community with the power of Pulitzer's Gold, Poynter has published several excerpts from the book. In “When Two Pulitzers Were Too Many,” Harris wrote: “During my research for Pulitzer's Gold, a look at behind-the-scenes stories of public-service prizewinners over the 91-year history of awards, I found that it hasn't been that long since an unwritten Pulitzer Board rule limited prizes to one a year, or two at most. And one critical internal debate involving multiple prizes, also involving the Post, occurred at a time almost as magical for the paper: the year of its Watergate public-service gold medal, in 1973.

Two great journalists who were deeply involved with the Pulitzer public service tradition—Bob Greene of Newsday and Selwyn Pepper of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch—died in 2008 within months of when the first edition was released. Poynter published Pulitzer's Gold excerpts describing their work.

From the Book

Also from Pulitzer's Gold read the Table of Contents and the Introduction.

From an interview on: Connie Martinson Talks Books

Click on the play button at the bottom of the frame to hear Roy Harris speak about the courage of Pulitzer Prize-winning reporters, particularly those who covered Hurricane Katrina in 2005 for the Times-Picayune of New Orleans and the Sun Herald of Gulfport-Biloxi, Miss.

The entire 30-minute interview on Connie Martinson Talks Books
is available by clicking here.