CUNY J-School Alumni Help Capture Two 2017 Pulitzer Prizes

  • By CUNY J-School Staff

Four students who attended the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism worked on stories that were awarded a 2017 Pulitzer Prize.

  • Barry Paddock, who graduated in 2008 with a concentration in Urban Reporting, was one of the reporters at the New York Daily News who worked on stories that were awarded the Public Service gold medal, the top Pulitzer Prize. The stories uncovered widespread abuse of eviction rules by the police to oust hundreds of people, most of them poor minorities.
  • Alcione Gonzalez, ’11, a reporter at Fusion, contributed to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists package of stories called the Panama Papers, which were awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting.
  • Musikilu Mojeed, ’10, editor-in-chief of Premium Times, also contributed to the Panama Papers series. His organization was the only Nigerian organization with direct access to the Panama Papers files.
  • Edwin Torres was a Knight Diversity fellow in our 2015 summer internship program, where he worked on the Pro Publica team that, with the NY Daily News, won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.

“The CUNY Graduate School of Journalism is extremely proud of the work of these graduates,” said the CUNY J-School Dean Sarah Bartlett. “The J-School’s alumni have previously been named as  Pulitzer finalists, but this is the first time we’ve seen our students become part of the winning team. And to have four in one year is remarkable!”