Texas newspapers burst onto the Pulitzer Prize scene in a big way in 1955, capturing two awards in local reporting.
Alice Daily Echo writer Caro Brown won for local reporting - edition time (later called deadline reporting) for her series dealing with the successful attack on one-man political rule in neighboring Duval County, work that the Pulitzer judges said showed "professional skill and courage" in the face of "bitterest political and personal opposition."
Roland Kenneth Towery won for local reporting - no edition time for his articles exposing a scandal in the Texas Veterans Land Program. Pulitzer judges said Towery's work "made these irregularities a state-wide and subsequently a national issue, and stimulated state action to rectify conditions in the land program."
Click here to see the list of writers and photographers who won Pulitzer Prizes while working at newspapers in Texas.
The UT Belo Center has a link to a list of Pulitzer Prize winners who were educated and taught at the university and went on to win Pulitzer Prizes, some outside the state of Texas. Click here to read more.