Pitzer College Alumnus Wins Pulitzer Prize

Claremont, Calif. (April 19, 2011) – Pitzer College congratulates Jeff Gottlieb ’75, winner of a 2010 Pulitzer Prize for public service for reporting and uncovering the financial corruption in the city of Bell, in a series entitled “Breach of Faith.” He shares this honor with collaborator Ruben Vives.

Gottlieb, Vives and other Los Angeles Times staff wrote about Bell officials’ excessive salary abuse which led to multiple criminal charges against the former Bell City administrator and seven other current or former city officials. 

Gottlieb was also honored by the Los Angeles Press Club with its first ever Public Service Award, and he received a George Polk Award for local reporting, the American Society of Newspaper Editors' Distinguished Writing Award for local accountability reporting, the Investigative Reporters and Editors' top honor and USC’s 2011 Selden Ring Award for Investigative Reporting. 

The Los Angeles Times has won 41 Pulitzer Prizes since 1924 with six gold medals for public service. Staff photographer Barbara Davidson also received a 2011 Pulitzer for her series chronicling the aftermath of violent crimes for victims and their families.

Jeff Gottlieb majored in sociology at Pitzer College.

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