The Journalism Department, the newest, humanities department addition to the Taft Research Center, has more accolades to add to its list of achievements this year. Five journalism department graduates and one student contributed to the Cincinnati Enquirer’s Pulitizer-Prize winning series, “Seven Days of Heroin.” The alumni included Monroe Trombley, Phil Didion, politics/breaking news temporary reporter; Phil Didion, video producer; Keith BieryGolick, Butler and Warren counties reporter; Kareem Elgazzar, photographer; and Sam Green, photographer. Shae Combs contributed to the report while working at the Enquirer as a student, and she graduates in the spring.
“This is amazing - in just our 6th year as a department, we will have six UC Journalism graduates with a Pulitzer Prize to their credit,” said Department Chair, Jeff Blevins. “In just the past two years our students have claimed a national Investigative Reporters & Editors award, two Emmy awards, and now a Pulitzer. That said - this isn't surprising for anyone that knows us, and the best of us is still hiding somewhere up our sleeve."
The department also had a number of adjuncts that contributed to the series as well. They included: Jason Williams, Amber Hunt, Carrie Cochran, Cameron Knight and Peter Bhata (who was a former editor of the Enquirer). In addition, Cara Owsley contributed to the report. She is on the communications board that oversees the News Record here at UC.
For more information about the award-winning series, click here. To find out more about the Pulitzer please visit this link.