Pulitzer Prize

October 19, 1949: Writer Richard Currey Born in Parkersburg

Oct 19, 2018
Crossing Over: The Vietnam Stories by Richard Currey
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Writer Richard Currey was born in Parkersburg on October 19, 1949. He served as navy medical corpsman from 1968 to 1972 and also studied at West Virginia University and Howard University.

Currey’s first poem was published in 1974, His first book of poetry came out in 1980, earning him a Pulitzer Prize nomination. As a result of the anthology Crossing Over: A Vietnam Journal, Currey became the D.H Lawrence Fellow in Literature and writer in residence at the University of New Mexico. He founded the Santa Fe Writers Project and continues to live in New Mexico.

Newspaperman Jack Maurice died in Charleston on December 20, 1999, at age 86. Maurice was born in 1913 in the McDowell County coal town of Vivian. During his childhood, his family moved frequently around the West Virginia and Kentucky coalfields. He graduated from Huntington High School and Marshall College (now University) and immediately started his career with the Huntington Herald-Dispatch in 1935. Three years later, he joined the staff of the Charleston Daily Mail.

October 19, 1949: Writer Richard Currey Born in Parkersburg

Oct 19, 2017
Crossing Over: The Vietnam Stories by Richard Currey
e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia

Writer Richard Currey was born in Parkersburg on October 19, 1949. He served as navy medical corpsman from 1968 to 1972 and also studied at West Virginia University and Howard University.

Currey’s first poem was published in 1974, His first book of poetry came out in 1980, earning him a Pulitzer Prize nomination. As a result of the anthology Crossing Over: A Vietnam Journal, Currey became the D.H Lawrence Fellow in Literature and writer in residence at the University of New Mexico. He founded the Santa Fe Writers Project and continues to live in New Mexico.

West Virginia Morning
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On West Virginia Morning, Charleston Gazette-Mail reporter Eric Eyre has won the Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting.  Eric talked with Kara Lofton about his series of articles that reported on the millions of pain pills drug companies shipped to West Virginia.

That’s on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

Pulitzer Prize
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Reporter Eric Eyre of The Charleston Gazette-Mail has won the Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting for articles showing drug wholesalers shipped 780 million hydrocodone and oxycodone pills to West Virginia in just six years, a period when 1,728 people fatally overdosed on the painkillers.

Eyre obtained previously confidential records sent by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to the office of West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey.

On this West Virginia Morning, Vermont Senator and presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders encouraged West Virginia voters to join his political revolution during a campaign rally in Huntington Tuesday night. 

In his hour long speech, Sanders spoke about ending income inequality in the nation by increasing the minimum wage and fighting for equal pay for women. Sanders also touched on what he said was a controversial subject in West Virginia-- climate change

On this West Virginia Morning, a West Virginia native and WVU journalism school graduate is part of the team that received the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service based on an international investigation of the fishing industry in Southeast Asia.  

Over the course of 18 months, Margie Mason was among the journalists from The Associated Press who located men held in cages, tracked ships and stalked refrigerated trucks to expose the abusive practices of the seafood industry in that part of the world. She speaks with Beth Vorhees.

A West Virginia native and WVU journalism school graduate is part of the team that received the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service based on an international investigation of the fishing industry in Southeast Asia.

Over the course of 18 months, Margie Mason was among the journalists from The Associated Press who located men held in cages, tracked ships and stalked refrigerated trucks to expose the abusive practices of the seafood industry in that part of the world.

WVU, Marshall Grads Win Pulitzer Prizes

Apr 19, 2016
Margie Mason
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Two graduates of West Virginia universities have been awarded Pulitzer Prizes for their work.

Monongalia County native Margie Mason is a West Virginia University grad who, along with three colleagues at the associated press, earned a Pulitzer Prize Gold Medal for Public service. Mason was part of an 18-month investigation of slavery and severe labor abuses tied to the seafood supply in American supermarkets and restaurants.

Center for Public Integrity

This week the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration released updated regulations designed to drastically reduce the amount of coal dust miners inhale, hoping to cut back on the prevalence of black lung disease.