According to a recent announcement, Marcus Stern, a friend and mentor of mine, has won the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for Best National Reporting. Marc has been awarded this prize for his "notable contributions" in the "disclosure of bribe-taking that sent former Rep. Randy Cunningham to prison in disgrace."
Marc is a news editor at the Copley News Service's Washington Bureau. In addition to the Pulitzer Prize, he has received numerous other awards and distinctions including National Headliners, Raymond Clapper, a James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism, Eugene Katz Award for Excellence in the Coverage of Journalism and George Polk Award for political reporting. Since the September 11, 2001 terror attacks, he has made several trips to Central Asia and the Middle East. His foreign assignments have included Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Haiti, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, India and Turkey. He has made three wartime trips to Iraq totaling almost five months in country. (Read Marc's biography on Pulitzer.org)
In December last year, I had the honor of interning with Marc on his trip to Afghanistan. In addition to "fixing" and interpreting, I co-authored a number of stories with him. The stories are:
Here is a link to his winning work, the "Cunningham Stories".
Congratulations, Marc, for this wonderful achievement! It's been great having you as a friend!