Monday, April 12, 2010

Pulitzer Highlight: Sheri Fink

I just wanted to take some time to acknowledge that the Pulitzer Prize winners for journalism were announced today, and one piece really stands out to me: Sheri Fink won the Pulitzer for Investigative Reporting for her story of a New Orleans hospital and the staff who had to make difficult life-and-death decisions during Hurricane Katrina.

I remember reading "The Deadly Choices at Memorial" last year and being completely floored by how well-researched, well-written, and heart-wrenching it was. It appeared in the weekly New York Times Magazine, and the photos that accompanied it, shot by Paolo Pellegrin, compounded the sense of dreadful desperation faced by the stranded hospital staff during Katrina, when the hospital was cut off from help.

If you have a couple minutes, do take a look at it. I should have written about it when it was first published because it truly is a one-of-a-kind piece. The subject matter is gripping, and the amount of work that Ms. Fink had put into it really shows - she reportedly interviewed 140 people for this story.

Anyway, if you have more than a couple minutes, look through the other winners. I'm currently combing through them to see what I have missed, or had seen the first time around.