Tiny, family-run Iowa newspaper wins Pulitzer
A small-town Iowa newspaper with a staff of 10 people - most of whom are related to each other – has won a Pulitzer Prize for taking on powerful agricultural companies over farm pollution. Art Cullen, who owns the Storm Lake Times with his brother John, acknowledged it wasn't easy taking on agriculture in a state like Iowa where you see hundreds of miles of farm fields in every direction.
The Cullens lost a few friends and a few advertisers, but never doubted they were doing the right thing. "We're here to challenge people's assumptions and I think that's what every good newspaper should do," he said. Among the other staff members at the Storm Lake Times is John Cullen's wife Mary, Art's wife Dolores and their son, Tom. The family's dog, Mabel also hangs out at the newspaper offices most of the time, Poynter reports. His writing was lauded by the Pulitzer committee for editorials fuelled by tenacious reporting, impressive expertise and engaging writing that challenged agricultural interests.
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