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NABJ congratulates Stephen Henderson on winning Pulitzer Prize

16/04/2014 19:45
The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) has congratulated Stephen Henderson of the Detroit Free Press and the staff of The Boston Globe for winning the Pulitzer Prize, journalism’s most prestigious award.
The 43-year-old Henderson, editorial page editor at the Free Press, was recognized in the commentary category for his series of editorials that exposed the City of Detroit’s financial collapse and fiscal mismanagement.
“It’s not really sunk in yet. I’m still completely overwhelmed, but, of course, really grateful,” Henderson told the Free Press on Monday after the winners were announced. “The work that we do here is so important right now and so critical to the city.”
The Pulitzer jury lauded Henderson for writing “passionate, unsparing columns on the financial crisis” in Detroit, which is his hometown.
Several NABJ members were recognized when The Boston Globe was announced as the Pulitzer’s breaking-news winner. The newspaper was singled out for its blanket coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings in 2013. In all, four people lost their lives in the explosion and the manhunt that followed while more than 260 others were wounded near the finish line of the historic race.
“There’s nobody in this room that wanted to cover this story. And each and every one of us hopes that nothing like it ever happens again on our watch,” Editor Brian McGrory told the Globe staff in wake of its win. 
Offering congratulations on behalf of the organization, NABJ President Bob Butler said he is extremely proud of Henderson and the other winning NABJ members.
“Henderson consistently has done outstanding work in Detroit and we’re glad he’s finally getting his due,” Butler said. “As for the Globe staffers, they received a timely reminder of their fine work. The win was announced on the eve of the tragedy’s first anniversary and recognized their efforts just days before next week’s 2014 Boston Marathon.”

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